The increase in sexually transmitted diseases (STD) across the United States has also made its way to Ohio, including the Columbus metropolitan area. Westerville, Ohio, is part of the Columbus metro area and has also seen a rise in sexually transmitted diseases and infections. Westerville is situated in both Franklin and Delaware Counties and has a population of around 39,737 people.
According to Ohio Department of Health figures, the number of chlamydia cases rose to 60,758 in the state in 2016; cases of gonorrhea rose to 20,534 and cases of the most infectious syphilis rose to 716. The state data also indicates that cases of chlamydia rose in each of central Ohio’s seven counties: Delaware, Fairfield, Franklin, Licking, Madison, Pickaway and Union. Delaware County has also seen an increase in the very infectious disease, syphilis.
In 2018, 8,903 cases of chlamydia were reported in Franklin County, with the highest rate occurring among young people ages 15 to 24 years old. During the same time period, there were 4,104 cases of gonorrhea reported and 322 cases of syphilis.
There were 199 newly diagnosed cases of HIV infections and a total of 4,964 people living with HIV infection in the Westerville area as of 2018.
The City of Columbus Public Health Department is located nearby to Westerville towards the downtown area of Columbus. The department offers a Sexual Health Program that offers STD and HIV testing, diagnosis, treatment, and prevention education. Walk-ins are welcome at the clinic but you can also make an appointment if you prefer.
In Westerville, the Equitas Health Care For All is available for HIV and STD testing and prevention. This is also a medical center for all types of health care so doctors are on staff along with nurses and other medical personnel. You can be tested and may also receive treatment at the center.
Free testing may be available at both sites but walk-in appointments may not be available when utilizing free testing and it may take longer to receive results.