Butler County is home to Sharonville City, and it has experienced a gradual escalation in positive HIV diagnoses in recent past years. The count rose from 275 cases in 2016 to 299 incidents in 2017. There was a further spike to 334 new infections in 2018.
The county records have shown Chlamydia to have the highest prevalence rate in comparison to other STDs. Infections surged from 1,394 at a rate of 369.2 in 2016, to 1,482 at a prevalence rate of 389.4 in 2017 and 1,513 recorded incidents occurring at a percentage rate of 397.5 in 2018.
The report further indicated a constant rise in gonorrhea infection numbers, with documents showing 479 cases in 2016 occurring at a rate of 126.9, followed by 555 new infections in 2017 at a prevalence rate of 145.8. The count in 2018 was 599, with infections happening at a rate of 157.4 per 100,000 people.
Though relatively low in numbers, new syphilis cases increased gradually from 21 in 2016 to 27 in 2017 and 47 in 2018, with the prevalence rates being 5.6, 7.1, and 12.3, respectively.
The Ohio Department of Health and Butler County Health Department strive to curb the spread of HIV and STDs by offering screening services and working with local health providers to deliver safe sex practices education, case management, and treatment where applicable.
Planned Parenthood – Mt. Auburn Center, Caracole Inc., and Pregnancy Center West are some options that the residents of Sharonville City can turn to for STD services.
Some facilities provide free STD testing, but the results may not be immediate, and prescriptions for after test care might not be available once you test positive.