Franklin County reported 4,245 new HIV cases in 2017, with the statistics being for persons aged 13 years and older. The count rocketed to 4,440 new infections in the following year.
Chlamydia infections were 9,413 in 2017, occurring at a prevalence rate of 728.6. In 2018, the cases hiked to 10,179, with an incidence rate of 787.9 per 100,000 persons.
The county recorded 4,449 newly diagnosed gonorrhea cases in 2017 at a prevalence rate of 344.4. There was an increase in count in the following year to 4,935, with infections occurring at a prevalence rate of 382.0.
In 2017, new syphilis infections were 611 at a rate of 47.3 per 100,000 persons. The numbers dwindled to 472 in 2018, with a prevailing rate of 36.5 per 100,000 individuals.
Franklin County Health Department has a Communicable Diseases Program that offers affordable testing, education, and treatment of sexually transmitted diseases. It also provides HIV testing, counseling, and referral services.
The program informs the community on how to live a positive and healthy life with HIV to minimize the risk of transmissions. It also strives to reduce stigma, ensuring all positive persons are fully integrated into the community.
Locals can access STD and HIV testing services at Equitas Health Clintonville, AHF Wellness Center – Columbus, and Planned Parenthood – Franklinton Health Center.
Free STD testing may be available in some of the medical centers. However, bookable appointments might not be an option, and prescriptions for after test care might not be available if you test positive.