Cuyahoga County, where University Heights lies, has in the recent years experienced an escalation in the number of newly recorded HIV incidences. In 2014 and 2015, the count of new HIV infections stagnated at 3,672. A significant increase was reported in the following year, with 3,939 new cases recorded.
The new incidences of chlamydia infections increased from 8,979 in 2014 to 9,099 in 2015. By the end of 2016, the new infections reported were at 10,108. Chlamydia recorded the highest infection numbers in comparison to other STDs.
Gonorrhea was second, reporting new 3,181 infections in 2014, 3,033 in 2015, and 3,749 in 2016. The statistics depicted a mixture of an upward and downward spiral.
On the other hand, there was a steady increase in the number of new syphilis cases reported. In 2014, there were 181 cases reported, 200 in 2015, and 329 in 2016.
The county health department operates STD and HIV programs that incorporate services such as counseling, testing, and referrals. It also offers treatment to curb the spread of HIV and STDs and provides free protection facilities such as condoms to sexually active residents.
Planned Parenthood – Bedford Heights Surgery Center and Cuyahoga County Board of Health are options that people living in University Heights can turn to for comprehensive STD screening and treatment.
Various clinics provide free STD testing as an option. However, you might experience challenges such as a lack of appointment hours, the unavailability of prescription medication, and inconsistent wait times.