There has been an upward surge in the rates of HIV prevalence among residents of Prince George’s County, including Seabrook, a census-designated place in the county. The rate of HIV infections reported by the end of both 2018 and 2019 was 7174 per 100,000 individuals, indicating a rise of 20.3% compared to the earlier rate of 5965 reported in 2015.
From 2015 to 2018, Chlamydia infections in the county have gradually increased from a rate of 677.7 to 877.9 per 100,000 persons, respectively. The majority of infections manifested in females aged 15 to 24 years.
The rate of Syphilis infections increased by 88.8% from 2015 to 2018.
Gonorrhea infections have also had a significant increment from 2015 to 2018, with recorded rates of 141.1 and 221.3 per 100,000 persons, respectively.
Prince George’s County Health Department is committed to halting the alarming spread of STDs, and the progression of HIV through its Keep It Sexually Safe (KISS) program. It aims to get youths and all sexually active residents tested, treated, and trained on effective preventive measures to initiate change in sexual habits among community members.
You can access STD/HIV testing services at Planned Parenthood – Carol Whitehill Moses Center, Urgent Care Walk-In Clinic – Maryland Primary Care, and UM Bowie Health Center.
Also, you can visit local clinics in the census-designated area to access free STD testing services. Still, some tests are free, not comprehensive, and results might not be available immediately.