Local health departments noted a consistent decrease in HIV diagnoses between 2009 and 2017. For instance, in 2009, there were five recorded cases, which by 2013 had dropped to four. Between 2016 and 2017, the county health department managed to reduce the infections to one case.
A minute spike in new Syphilis infections was noted in 2014, 2015, 2016, and 2017. There were no new cases in 2014, but in 2016 and 2017, two infections were identified.
Moreover, an increased number of new Gonorrhea incidences was observed in 2017 than in 2016. There were 27 new infections in 2016 at a rate of 15.2 in every 100,000 individuals, while 2017 saw the value increase to 48 cases at a prevalence of 26.5 per 100,000.
Additionally, reports showed that Chlamydia rates gradually ncreased between 2014 and 2016. In 2014, 267 Chlamydia diagnoses were recorded at a rate of 155.3, whereas in 2016, public health administrators tabled 353 new cases at a rate of 198.1 per 100,000 individuals.
Apart from implementing impactful syringe exchange programs, public health administrators at the district and state levels have been pooling their resources together to prevent further increase in the rates of HIV/STD infections. Public health officials have identified the need to work together with private STD-related stakeholders to increase early detection-oriented screenings, partner outreach, access to STD/HIV prevention education, and efficiency in prevention policy development and coordination.
For affordable, convenient, or free STD testing, you can visit the Planned Parenthood – Ogden Health Center, Sterling Urgent Care, Bear River Health Department, and the Utah AIDS Foundation.
Fair warning though, you may not receive your test results on that same day in various clinics and you may have to wait long hours in other testing centers as you wait to speak to a physician.