Cleveland County health officials are battling STD cases, following a steep rise in sexually transmitted diseases in the region. Prevention strategies are underway to curb STI spread, particularly chlamydia, syphilis, HIV, and gonorrhea.
According to a 2013 STD/HIV Surveillance Report by the NC Department of Health and Human Services, in 2011-2013, there was a slight decrease in HIV incidences in Cleveland, from 12 to 10 new cases. In 2015, however, the cases rose drastically to 185 cases with a prevalence of 226.0.
Additionally, in 2009-2013, the county recorded single-digit numbers of syphilis cases. In 2009, 2011, and 2013, the county recorded 2, 0, and 1 syphilis cases, respectively.
HIV Treatment Works (HTW) is a prevention program designed to implore people to seek care services. They celebrate PLWHA who are leading healthy lives because of care retention.
If you’d like to get tested for STDs or HIV, you can visit the Cleveland County Health Department located along S Post Rd. From Monday to Friday, the clinic may provide testing, counseling, treatment, and vaccinations for STIs.
Alternatively, you can also visit the Western North Carolina AIDS Project (WNCAP), which lies along Fairview Rd, Asheville. The clinic may provide confidential testing services for HIV, and the result expedited within 20 minutes. You might also get tested for Hepatitis C, and syphilis on an appointment basis.
You can still go to medical centers within the town that may render free STD testing. However, scheduling an appointment might not be an option and the clinics may not allow you consult the medical staff on site. The tests may be free but not comprehensive, with long waiting hours.