Located West of Charleston, South Charleston, WV, is a city in Kanawha County, a county within Public Health District 3, otherwise known as the Kanawha-Charleston Public Health District.
The rate of new HIV infections in the county dwindled between 2019 and 2020, whereby new cases were reported at a rate of 326 per 100,000 population in 2019 and 306 in every group of 100,000 individuals in 2020.
On the other hand, the number of Chlamydia patients newly diagnosed between 2014 and 2015 was on the rise, while 2016 and 2017 registered a downward development. In 2014 and 2015, there were 708 and 842 new infections, respectively while the following two years reported 763 and 662 cases categorically.
Regarding the number of new Gonorrhea infections, a downward trend was apparent between 2014 and 2015, while 2016 and 2017 registered an upward growth. While 2014 and 2015 had 177 and 143 new infections individually, 216 newly diagnosed patients were diagnosed in 2016 and 393 in 2017.
Additionally, in the Kanawha-Charleston Public Health District, there was an uptick in the number of Syphilis diagnoses made between 2014 and 2015, whereas a minute negative difference was evident between 2016 and 2017. 2014 had six new infections that leaped to 10 in the following year while 2016 had the same number of conditions as 2015, with a reduction to eight being recorded in 2017.
Utilizing funds from the West Virginia Division of HIV and STDs, the county’s public health department reduces the incidence rate by improving the general understanding of the topic and strengthening community-based systems. It offers efficient prevention and treatment options and ensures at-risk persons understand their status.
You can receive HIV/STD screening, prevention, or treatment services within South Charleston at the Women’s Health Center of West Virginia, MedExpress Urgent Care, and the Kanawha-Charleston Health Department.
While some clinics may offer free STD testing, you may need to pay an extra charge for doctor consultation services. Additionally, your test results may not be immediate.