Recent reports showed increases among most STDs. New STD cases included: 36 cases of Hepatitis A, 187 cases of Hepatitis C, 299 cases of Hepatitis B, 716 cases of syphilis, 969 cases of HIV, 20,487 cases of gonorrhea, and 60,496 cases of chlamydia.
Lucas County reported that in 2016 there were 238.7 cases of HIV per 100,000 residents and 628.5 cases of chlamydia per 100,000; in 2017 these numbers rose to 244.8 cases of HIV and decreased for chlamydia to 603.1 cases.
In Toledo, the general increasing trend continues. In 2013 there were 19 cases of syphilis reported. By 2017 that number had increased to 47 cases. Across this same time period there was a 58% increase in cases of gonorrhea.
Programs like the Ohio HIV Medicaid Spenddown Payment Program (OHMSDP) exist to help residents with HIV access and pay for health insurance. They also help with free STD testing even if insurance won’t pay. Education and prevention services exist at various clinics, and the Toledo Lucas County Health Department encourages all sexually active persons – especially those between the ages of 18 and 29 – to get tested regularly.
Toledo has STD testing locations within the city and in surrounding areas. There’s the Planned Parenthood of Greater Ohio location on Jefferson Avenue and the Toledo-Lucas County Health Department on North Erie Street. The University of Toledo Medical Center offers testing services on Transverse Drive.