There has been a notable decline in HIV prevalence rates in Weirton, a city in Hancock and Brook Counties, WV, since 2011, with initial rates of 77 per 100,000 persons. HIV prevalence rates of 70 per 100,000 individuals were observed in 2017, followed by a sharp decline to a low of 47 per 100,000 individuals in both 2018 and 2019.
The rate of Chlamydia infections in Hancock County spiked from 26.08 per 100,000 individuals reported in 2008, to a high of 123.88 per 100,000 individuals recorded in 2010. Gonorrhea rates in the county also increased from 13.04 per 100,000 individuals in 2008 to 22.82 per 100,000 persons in 2010.
There were no reported incidences of syphilis in the county in 2010, which can be attributed to intensive and expansive efforts by the County Department of Health through campaigns against the disease and vigilance in responding to diagnosed cases.
Hancock County Department of Health strives to improve the availability of STD/HIV testing services to areas with a high prevalence of infections. The health department avails PrEP medication at crucial access points for individuals at a higher risk of exposure to HIV, such as commercial sex workers and men who have sex with men.
Several medical centers, including MedExpress Urgent Care and Planned Parenthood – Bridgeville Health Center provide STD services. Residents may also visit Trinity ExpressClinic and Weirton Medical Center – Main Hospital to check their sexual health.
City residents may access free STD testing services in some city hospitals, but test results might not be available immediately, and not all STD tests are free of charge.