In 2017, South Dakota reported 37 cases of new HIV diagnoses which were a slight decrease from 2016 that recorded 40 new infections. The male infections in 2017 were leading with 86.5 % of total infections while female cases came in last with 13.5%. Persons aged 25 to 34 years recorded the highest infections with 32.4 percent of the total cases.
Chlamydia cases jacked up from 107 at a rate of 282.3 per 100,000 individuals in 2017 to 136 infections at a rate of 354.1 per 100,000 individuals in 2018.
Gonorrhea cases also hiked from 1055 infections in 2015 to 1270 cases at a rate of 147.1 per 100,000 in 2016. Female infections were at the forefront with 755 infections while males had 515 cases.
Syphilis infections recorded 75 cases in 2017 which was a dwindle from 2016 which recorded 72 infections. Heterosexual transmissions accounted for 57.1 % whereas 41.8 % were homosexual transmissions.
Brown County has the South Dakota HIV/AIDS Prevention Program that provides HIV testing, surveillance, emergency assistance, and partner services to PLWHA. The program seeks to ensure that every individual is aware of their HIV status and has access to quality care, and it also attempts to offer support to every HIV positive patient to promote healthy living.
Aberdeen, SD, residents may access STD testing services in the South Dakota Department of Health and the Planned Parenthood – Sioux Falls Clinic. You may also access affordable STD services in Heartland Health Resource Center and the Horizon Health Care.
Free STD testing may be available in some clinics within Aberdeen, SD, however, it may only be possible during specific days and hours, and prescriptions may not always be available if you test positive for STDs.