Washington, PA, is a city in and the county seat of Washington County, where the number of new HIV infections consistently followed an upward trend between 2015 and 2017.
In 2015, there was one HIV diagnosis while 2016 had four cases, which doubled in 2017 to eight cases occurring for a rate of 3.9 per 100,000 residents. However, a tiny drop was observed in 2018, which had six new infections.
Additionally, the number of new Chlamydia infections dropped from 639 positive diagnoses in 2018, recorded at a rate of 308.2 to 621 cases in 2019, happening at 300.2.
A similar downward development was noted in the case of new Syphilis infections recorded between 2018 and 2019. There were nine positively diagnosed individuals in 2018, whereas the following year had five new infections. It’s worth noting that this marked a significant increase from the numbers collected between 2015 and 2017, where there were less than four cases throughout those years.
Conversely, there was a fluctuation in the number of new Gonorrhea infections recorded between 2017 and 2019. 2017 had 90 cases occurring at a rate of 43.4, whereas 94 individuals tested positive in 2018 at a rate of 45.3. In 2019, 68 diagnoses were happening at a rate of 32.9.
As of 2018, Washington County had the highest increase in the rate of STD transmission, accounting for 35.2 percent of all the cases statewide. This situation has since changed due to the county’s public health department improving its administrative systems to support the planning and implementation of integrated prevention services. The reduced transmission rate is also attributable to the close monitoring of progress across the continuum of care towards decreasing the community level viral load.
You can access HIV/STD services at the Washington West Project Mazzoni Center, Jefferson Urgent Care – Washington Square, Planned Parenthood – Washington Health Center, and the Washington County Health Department.
Free STD testing services are available in some clinics, but such clinics may lack doctor consultation services. Other facilities may charge you an additional fee for doctor consultations.