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HIV testing at Mozaic, an Equitas Health clinic in Columbus.
Equitas Health

Graig Cote has had HIV for 33 years, and he wants everyone to know it.

Carlos Malvestutto works on infectious diseases at the Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center.
Paige Pfleger / WOSU

There are about 230 new cases of HIV in Franklin County every year, mostly among people aged 25-29. On Thursday, celebrated as National HIV Testing Day, free testing is available at multiple locations across the city. 

For the fourth year in a row, federal health officials report that there has been a sharp increase in sexually transmitted diseases in the U.S. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention tallied nearly 2.3 million cases of chlamydia, gonorrhea and syphilis in 2017 — an increase of 200,000 cases over the previous year, and a record high.

Editor's note: On June 29, this story was updated to include comment from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention about the transmissibility of hepatitis C virus in semen.

An Ohio man who has the hepatitis C virus was sentenced to 18 months in prison on June 14 for spitting at Cleveland police and medics, according to a news report.