Pickerington is a city in Fairfield and Franklin counties that has reported an increase in the rate of HIV infections over the past few years. Fairfield County has had a gradual increase in HIV prevalence rates from 109 per 100,000 individuals in 2015 to 165 reported in 2018 and 2019. However, the rate remained relatively constant at 162 per 100,000 individuals in 2020.
There were fluctuations in the rate of Chlamydia infections in the county, with a 33.7% increase from 259.3 in 2014 to 346.7 in 2016, followed by a slight decrease to 321.8 per 100,000 persons in 2017. In 2018, the rate slightly increased to 329.6.
Gonorrhea rates increased to more than double the rate of 47.2 reported in 2014 to 101.5 per 100,000 individuals in 2018.
Syphilis infections increased from 6.6 in 2014 to 8.4 in 2017, followed by a significant decrease in 2018 to a rate of 4.5 per 100,000 individuals.
The Fairfield Department of Health is committed to promoting healthy lifestyles, including residents’ sexual health in the Pickerington area. It organizes outreach events and public health forums to advance STD awareness campaigns through partnerships with local healthcare service providers, advocating for massive testing and risk reduction counseling.
City residents can access STD/HIV screening services at various clinics such as Planned Parenthood – East Columbus Surgical Center, Access Urgent Medical Care Pickerington, and Mount Carmel Medical Group Pickerington.
You can also visit city hospitals to access free STD testing services, but you may experience long waiting times, and doctor consultation might be an extra charge.