Upper Arlington, a city located on the northwest side of the Colombus metropolitan area Franklin County, Ohio has seen a surge in HIV and STD cases over the last ten years. The Public health department reports that the county diagnoses 200 new cases every year. Data collected in 2014 shows an HIV prevalence rate of 423.9 per 100,000. The year 2012 recorded a rate of 314.5 which had hiked to 398.5 by the year 2017.
Cases of chlamydia in 2016 were 9,712 a rate of 775.9 per 100,000 people and the county ranked 48. Gonorrhea had an incidence rate of 351.8 per 100,000 while that of syphilis was 22.8 in 2016 and 20.7 in 2015 — all three STDs showing an upward trend.
“Test to know your status, if you are HIV positive ensure you are on treatment. You should talk and not be ashamed of your status because people are dying due to Fear and stigma”. Mysheika Robert, Columbus Public Health Commissioner.
There are many private and public STD testing facilities in Upper Arlington where you can visit and get a test. Free STD testing may be available in some clinics, though bookable appointments may not be an option, and you might also have to wait for the test result for some time.
Some of the clinics within and around Upper Arlington include; Equitas Health at 1033 N. High St, The Ohio State University Student Wellness Center and Equitas Health Clintonville. You can also visit Take Care Down There Clinic, which has a walk-in option that offers HIV test, Chlamydia test, Gonorrhea test, and Syphilis test.