Rockingham County recorded 107 HIV infections at a rate of 98 per 100,000 individuals in 2018. The cases had drastically dwindled from 2017 which had 197 infections at a rate of 77 per 100,000 persons.
In 2018, Chlamydia recorded the highest infections, with 675 cases at a rate of 220.3 per 100,000 individuals. The infections had diminished in comparison to 2017, which had 722 cases at a rate of 235.7 per 100,000 persons. Individuals aged 20 to 24 had the leading infections, with a rate of 797.7 per 100,000 populations.
Gonorrhea infections followed swiftly with 90 infections at a rate of 29.4 per 100,000 individuals in 2018. This was a minor hike from 2017 which reported 87 cases at a rate of 28.4 per 100,000 persons. Individuals aged 25-29 had the majority cases with a rate of 172.5 per 100,000 persons.
Syphilis infections came in third with 20 infections at a rate of 6.5 per 100,000 population, which was a surge from 2017 which reported 17 infections at a rate of 5.5 per 100,000 persons. Individuals between the age of 20 to 24 lead in the number of infections with a rate of 21 per 100,000 individuals.
The county has an AIDS Response Program that offers advocacy, direct assistance, and education to communities affected with HIV/AIDS. The program aims at improving the lives of HIV positive patients and preventing the spread of the virus.
Rockingham County residents may access STD services in the Rockingham County Health and Human Services and Planned Parenthood of Northern New England-Derry Health Center. Other accessible options are the Manchester Community Health Center and the HCA Physician Services Group.
Clinics that offer free STD testing may not offer prescriptions if you test positive, and the walk-in option may not be available.