In the past few years, HIV/STDs have been a concern in Montgomery County, home to Radford, VA. Based on the Montgomery County Health Department, HIV cases have continuously fluctuated over the years.
Health data shows that HIV infections dropped from one at a rate of 1.0 in 2014 to five at a rate of 5.1 in 2016. However, the cases dropped to two at a rate of 2.0 in 2018.
According to the health reports, Chlamydia cases escalated from 291 at a rate of 302.5 in 2013 to 349 at a rate of 354.1 in 2017.
Gonorrhea cases were also common in the county. The report indicated an increase of Gonorrhea infections from 39 at a rate of 40.5 in 2013 to 50 at a rate of 50.7 in 2017.
Syphilis also recorded a slight increase from three at a rate of 3.1 in 2013 to four at a rate of 4.1 in 2017.
The Montgomery County Office of Public Health has increased treatment per CDC guidance, community STD screenings, and increased awareness and linkage to care. It also promotes sex education to equip teenagers and youth with knowledge concerning HIV treatment, prevention, and effective policies. The health department has launched HIV/AIDS Prevention Programs that reduce transmission and offer essential services such as counseling.
The city has several medical facilities in Radford, VA, such as Planned Parenthood – Roanoke Health Center and Alliance Xpress Urgent Care, that offer HIV/STD services. Other clinics may include Carilion New River Valley Medical Center and LewisGale Hospital Pulaski.
The Clinic provides free STD testing and treatment for Montgomery County residents. However, doctors’ consultation might be an extra charge, and prescriptions for after test care might not be available if you’re tested positive.