The number of HIV infections in Central Point, a city in Jackson County, was 285 at a rate of 131.0 per 100 000 persons by the end of 2019. The infections were notably higher in men at a rate of 43 percent.
Syphilis cases soared from 12 cases in 2013 to 74 in 2018, with the infections being prevalent among the female population, especially pregnant women and girls of reproductive age. The number of Chlamydia infections was also on the rise, with 740 cases in 2013 and a 991 in 2018.
Central Point also experienced an increase in Gonorrhea cases. The infections had reached a high of 253 in 2018 from 151 in 2013.
Jackson County Health and Human Services has taken several measures to curb the spread of HIV and STDs. Its staff creates awareness among the most affected youth by encouraging them to use condoms or abstain to lower the infection rates. It also offers subsidized HIV testing for adults and adolescents aged 13 to 64 years.
Residents in Central Point city can check their sexual health at Planned Parenthood – Medford Health Center or the Providence Central Point Urgent Care. Other facilities where they can access HIV/STD services include Providence Medford Medical Center and Bay Area Hospital.
Some sexual health clinics in the city may offer free STD testing, but prescriptions for after test care might not be available if you’ve tested positive and walk-in options might not exist.