In 2018, the Iowa County Department of Health reported 116 HIV infections indicating a drop in HIV cases from the 125 infections reported in 2017. The rate of HIV infections among males decreased by 16% from 2017 to 2018 while female cases drastically increased by 29% from 2017 to 2018. Persons aged between 25-44 years had the most considerable infections.
Chlamydia had the highest cases in 2017, with 13,895 being recorded at a rate of 443.3 per 100,000 persons. The infections were rampant among the female population, recording a total of 9,264 cases compared to 4,631 cases reported in the male population.
Gonorrhea had 3,758 cases at a rate of 119.9 per 100, 00 individuals. Female cases were slightly higher with 1,887 infections while in the male, there were 1,871 cases.
Syphilis infections recorded in 2017 by Iowa County were 288 at a rate of 9.2 per 100, 000 individuals. The infections were higher in the male population, with 241 cases compared to the 47 infections reported in the female population.
Iowa County has a Sexually Transmitted Diseases Program, which partners with local agencies and organizations to deliver STD information, testing, and treatment services to curb the occurrence of new infections. The program also ensures that residents have access to affordable STD testing and treatment.
Residents may access STD testing services in the Iowa Department of Public Health and the Planned Parenthood – Iowa City Health Center. Other available options are the Women’s Choice Center and Edgerton Women’s Health Center Clinic.
Some clinics may offer free STD testing to special groups like the LGBTQ community; however, a walk-in option may not be available, and doctors may not always be available on-site in some facilities.