Only one HIV infection was identified in Aberdeen, WA, in 2016. But in 2017, the cases had increased to four, and in 2018, no case was recorded.
Despite this development, new Syphilis infections were on the rise between 2013 and 2014. No new infections in 2013 and 2018 had three reported cases.
Between that same period, 2013 to 2014, the number of new Gonorrhea infections also rose from 12 cases reported at 16.4 per 100,000 persons in 2013 to 34 new infections at 46.4 in every 100,000 individuals in 2014.
On the other hand, there was a wavy trend in the number of new Chlamydia infections tabulated between 2012 and 2014. In 2012, 177 new infections were recorded at 242.0 in every 100,000 persons. The value dropped to 171 in 2013, before increasing to 205 in 2014.
The county’s public health department has placed more emphasis on state-funded HIV/STD prevention programs. They provide insightful information on the best practices regarding the reduction of HIV/STD incidence rates. This information includes guidelines for STD/HIV screening in clinical and non-clinical settings, syringe exchange programs, HIV training classes for licensure, PrEP and PEP education, and expedited partner therapy services.
Convenient HIV/STD screening and treatment options are accessible at the Grays Harbor Community Hospital – Hoquiam Clinic, Summit Pacific Urgent Care, Grays Harbor Family Planning, and Sea Mar Aberdeen Medical Clinic.
Free STD testing may be available, but you may need to meet a few welfare requirements to receive various clinics’ services. Also, the prices of some medical centers may not be upfront.