The state of Montana has seen a significant rise in STD rates in recent years. However, communities within Silver Bow County, including Butte have seen mixed results amidst the growing crisis.
Chlamydia rates in the county have seen a steady decrease from 2015 to 2017 as these rates fell from 411.7 cases per 100,000 residents in 2015 to 355.5 cases per 100,000 residents in 2017. Gonorrhea rates, on the other hand, spiked during this same timeframe. In fact, the rate of newly reported gonorrhea rates increased by more than 60 percent as the rate jumped from 37.7 cases per 100,000 residents in 2015 to 60.7 cases per 100,000 residents in 2017.
The good news is the statistical reports show that there were no newly reported cases of primary or secondary syphilis cases in Silver Bow County from 2015 to 2017.
While records show that there were no reports of newly diagnosed cases of HIV in Silver Bow County from 2016 to 2018, Montana’s 2018 Surveillance Reports shows that there were between one and four residents living with HIV as of December 31, 2018.
Butte residents have several possible STD testing options in the city, including at the Silver Bow Health Department and Travelers Healthcare Clinic. In addition, numerous physician’s offices and healthcare centers in the city may provide STD and HIV testing. Many of these practices are located on or near South Crystal Street and West Mercury Street.
Residents can also choose to travel into Helena for additional locations that might offer HIV and STD testing, including Planned Parenthood – Helena Health Center.
Some clinics may list free STD testing options but it’s important to understand that some healthcare centers may not offer walk-in appointments or immediate test results may not be available.