Jefferson County, home to Steubenville, reported 51 new HIV infections in 2017. The number hiked up to 65 cases in the following year. The data collected was for persons aged 13 years and older.
Chlamydia reported the highest number of infections within the county in the past. The surveillance report shows 209 cases in 2017, with a prevalence rate of 315.0, and 179 in 2018, with infections occurring at a rate of 269.7 per 100,000 persons.
Gonorrhea came in second, with 49 cases occurring at a rate of 73.8 per 100,000 people in 2017. The count jacked up to 82 at a rate of 123.6 per 100,000 persons in 2018.
Syphilis had the least cases with one reported infection in 2017 occurring at a rate of 1.5 per 100,000 individuals. The count diminished to 0 in 2018.
Jefferson County Health Department has a Sexually Transmitted Infections Program that provides quality and affordable STD screening to county residents. It delivers confidential and non-judgmental counseling services to all teens and adults.
The program also offers partner notification services and educates the community to reduce the number of infections.
Jefferson County Health Department, Aim Women’s Center, Planned Parenthood – Moon Township Health Center, and Ohio Valley Health Center are some of the facilities that residents can turn to for STD and HIV testing services.
Some centers offer free STD testing services for some STDs but not all. Also, zero-cost services may come with setbacks, such as income eligibility.