The Fairfax County Department of Health reported 121 HIV cases in 2007. At the end of 2016, 2,817 residents had HIV infections at a prevalence rate of 249 per 100,000 people.
However, there was an overall reduction of HIV infections over the years. In 2007, there were 121 cases and the figure reduced to 117 in 2017. Chlamydia infections increased from 1,250 cases reported in 2007 to 2,969 infections in 2016.
There were 105 Gonorrhea infections recorded in 2007, and in 2016, the number had increased to 525. The infections increased by 61 percent to 525 cases with a male predominance of 71 percent.
Like other STDs, Syphilis infections increased over the years. From 30 cases reported in 2007 to 89 cases in 2016, Syphilis cases in Fairfax County were almost exclusively found in the male population at 99 percent.
To reduce the burden of STIs, Fairfax County Department emphasizes screening high-risk groups. The health department wants to ensure that all persons aged 13 to 64 years be tested at least once for HIV. Additionally, it advocates that all MSM should be screened for STDs yearly and that pregnant mothers should have a documented STD testing.
Reston Hospital Center, Reston Health Clinic, and Inova Fair Oaks Hospital are some of the hospitals in Reston city which provide STD/HIV services in the neighborhood.
Free STD testing is available in some of the facilities in the area. However, you may bump into strict income requirements that might make it difficult to qualify for the testing in some cases.