The Wilkes-Barre City Health Department continues to deal with a plethora of health problems affecting the residents, among them being sexually transmitted diseases (STDs). According to the Pennsylvania Department of Health, Luzerne County, where Wilkes-Barre City is located, has shown an upward trend in its STD rates.
Through the Enterprise Data Dissemination Informatics Exchange (EDDIE), the health department revealed statistics for STDs rates in 2016. They showed that Luzerne County had 954 chlamydia cases during that year. The rate was 301.5 infections per 100,000 people.
The same data also showed that gonorrhoea had a rate of 36.7 per 100,000 residents in Luzerne County in 2016. The number of diagnoses reported that year was 116.
Information from the Pennsylvania Department of Health further showed that syphilis had fewer cases in 2016 in Luzerne County than gonorrhoea and chlamydia. Only 12 infections of the sexually transmitted disease were recorded.
By providing free and confidential STD testing services, Caring Communities aims at reducing the levels of sexually transmitted infections (STIs) reported in various regions in Pennsylvania, Wilkes-Barre City included.
You can also get STD/HIV tests at other health centers in the region. Some of them include the Wilkes-Barre Health Department and the Planned Parenthood – Wilkes-Barre Medical Center.
Moreover, the Wyoming Valley Aids Council allows you to get tested for STIs. The STD testing service center also supports people living with HIV within the region.
Some medical facilities may be offering free STD services. They, however, might not come with doctor consultation. They may also be provided at inconvenient hours.