Cuyahoga County, where Warrensville Heights lies, has in recent years reported an upward surge in the number of people diagnosed with new HIV infections. The county recorded 4,122 new infections in 2017 from 3,939 in 2016, and there was a significant increase to 4,330 in 2018.
Chlamydia recorded the highest STD numbers and infection rate, with 10,108 cases occurring at a prevalence rate of 809.1 in 2016. However, the new infection incident rate flattened in 2017 and 2018 at 885.5, but the count was 11,055 and 11,056 respectively.
Gonorrhea incidents showed fluctuations, increasing from 3,749 infections happening at a rate of 300.1 per 100,000 individuals in 2016 to 5,105 occurring at a prevalence rate of 408.9 in 2017. That was followed by a drop to 4,563 new cases occurring at a rate of 365.5 per 100,000 population in 2018.
There was a mixture of upward and downward spirals in syphilis cases, having an upward surge in 2017 by recording 378 infections at a rate of 30.3 per 100,000 persons, up from 329 cases occurring at a prevalence rate of 26.3 in 2016. In 2018, there was a downward surge to 298 fresh incidents at a rate of 23.9 from the previous year’s count.
The county health department commits to reducing and preventing the spread of HIV and STDs by delivering services such as risk reduction counseling, testing, and referral services to sexually active residents. It also oversees programs that offer safer sex education during community events.
Planned Parenthood – Bedford Heights Surgery Center, Cleveland Clinic – South Pointe Hospital, and Family Health and Surgery Center Beachwood are options that residents can choose to get STD screening services.
Some clinics offer free STD testing, and they may offer the services exclusively hence people may know why you are there. Another drawback of zero-cost services is a lack of an appointment option.