There was a slight increase in the rate of HIV infections in Carlsbad, a city in Eddy County, New Mexico, from 119 cases at a rate of 6.9 per 100,1000 persons in 2012 to 134 at a rate of 7.7 in 2016.
Chlamydia infections had the highest rate in the county, with 205 cases at a rate of 380.4 per 100,1000 persons reported in 2011. The infections were predominant among females population aged 20 to 24 years.
Gonorrhea infections were moderate in the county with a total of 34 cases at a rate of 63.1 per 100,1000 persons recorded in 2011. The worrying statistics indicated that that youth aged 15 to 24 years had the highest number of infections.
The health reports also indicated a startling statistic of zero Syphilis cases in 2011, which was evident that the county efforts to eradicate Syphilis infections were successful.
Eddy County Department of Health provides educational tools and materials such as brochures, infographics, videos, and podcasts to create STD awareness to the city residents. It also conducts surveillance to locate individuals at risk of contracting HIV/STI infections and issue them with PrEP and condoms to lower the rate of infections.
There are several health care facilities in Carlsbad City, where residents can check their sexual health such as Planned Parenthood – El Paso Health Center and Artesia Healthcare Professionals Urgent Care. STD/HIV services are also available at Eddy County Public Health and American Medical Group.
Free STD testing may be offered in some hospitals in the city, but r walk-ins might not be allowed, and the clinic may not have various modes of payment.