HIV/STD cases have been high in Rosedale in Baltimore County. Even though HIV infections have steadily decreased, the numbers are still high. In 2015, County Health Department of Baltimore reported 318 HIV cases, which later fell to 224 in 2018.
In 2018, Chlamydia infections were at 4,463 cases at a rate of 536.1. Most patients were from women, with a large number falling under 20 to 29 age group.
Gonorrhea cases were also high in 2018, as there were 1,309 cases at a rate of 157.2 per 100,000 population. In the same year, Syphilis cases were recorded to be at103 at a rate of 12.4.
From the data, it’s evident that most infections were among MSMs and heterosexuals who engage in high-risk behaviors.
Baltimore County Health Department has developed and implemented various strategies to reduce HIV/STD cases and prevent new ones. With most cases reported from the youth, the Health Department is keenly engaging them in preventive programs and conducting HIV and STD testing. There is also a condom distribution program that targets sexually active individuals.
Rosedale’s residents can access medical centers, such as Planned Parenthood- Towson Health Center, ExpressCare Urgent Care Center, and Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center, to receive sexual health services.
Some walk-in clinics around the city may offer free STD testing, but doctors may not be available on-site or even on the phone, and you may pay an extra fee to receive a consultation.