There has been an outcry by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention over alarming STD rates across the United States. In 2016, approximately 1.7 million cases of Chlamydia, 470,000 of gonorrhea and 28,000 cases of primary and secondary syphilis were reported.
In Montgomery County, Riverside city, this spike in STD was reported. Gonorrhea cases moved up from 1,069 in 2015 to 1,417 in 2016, there was 400 cases more in 2016 compared to 2015 for chlamydia cases to document 3,502 in 2016.
According to the CDC report, the increased numbers have been attributed to lack of comprehensive sex education, absence of STI/ STD pre and post exposure testing and counselling and failure to conduct targeted outreach programs to key populations.
Ohio Department of Public Health has embarked on initiatives aimed at creating public awareness, STD prevention education and counselling, availing accurate diagnostic test when screening and advancing treatment to patients. This is with a focus to men who have sex with men, people who inject drugs, sex workers and young adults or adolescents.
STD testing services are available within Riverside City. Some of the public health centers within close proximity are the Dayton and Montgomery County Public Health Department on 117 S Main street Dayton, Equitas Health Dayton Clinic on 15W 4th street, and Planned Parenthood Southwest Ohio Region Center along the Wilkinson Street.
Although some nearby clinics may provide free STD testing services, you might be forced to queue for long to access the services because they are crowded. Other disadvantages you may encounter include paying for consultation charges and the health facilities may use your income level to render the free or low-cost services.