While mountain ranges and picturesque scenery make the Catalina Foothills a beautiful place to live, Pima County has the second highest recorded instances of Chlamidya, Gonorrhea, Syphilis and HIV in Arizona. There is a prevalence of Syphilis in the area, although studies have shown this is the one STD which showed a decline in county statistics recorded last year.
The rapid rate of growth of people with HIV is concerning health officials in the Catalina Foothills. In 2017 the population of Pima County was 1,022,769 and there were one hundred and thirteen incident HIV and AIDS cases. A massive 15% of the population of the county tested positive for HIV or AIDS in that year. Rates are especially high among males in the the 20-29 age bracket.
Catalina Foothills health officials are driving an initiative to make people aware of how to minimise the risks associated with sexual behaviour by getting tested regularly.
Volunteers in Catalina Foothills are running STD awareness programs, free STD testing, college visits and handing out free contraception to the community. While useful for some, these service can often be a challenge to gain access to as a result of long waiting lists.
The Theresa Lee Public Health Center is located a twenty minute drive away from Catalina Foothills and offers a full range of STD and AIDS testing and treatment services. A 6 minute drive away is The North Clinic, they are part of the County Health Department and offer same-day appointments. Tucson is renowned for its bustling restaurant culture so be sure to sample lunch in a nearby eatery.