HIV infections continue to be on the rise in Dickinson, a city in Stark County, North Dakota. County health surveillance reports indicate that HIV cases slightly gained from 7 at a rate of 30 per 100,000 persons in 2017 to 10 cases at a rate of 39 in 2019.
Chlamydia was the most notorious STI in Stark County, having 127 cases at a rate of 418.1 per 100,000 persons in 2014, which surged to 146 at a rate of 483.3 in 2018.
Gonorrhea infections declined from 18 cases at a rate of 59.3 in 2014 to 15 at a rate of 49.7 per 100, 000 in 2018.
Syphilis infections had the lowest rates, with 17 cases at a rate of 5 per 100, 000 persons reported in 2018. The infection was predominant among the male population.
Stark Union County Health Department has partnered with community agencies such as faith-based organizations, schools, NGO’S, and community-based agencies to distribute condoms and PrEP medications to individuals at substantial risk of contracting HIV infection across the county.
Individuals living in Dickinson City can access STD testing from medical centers in the city, including Planned Parenthood-West Health Centre and Sanford Health East Dickinson Clinic. They may also opt for the Community Action Partnership and Connect Medical Clinic, which provides reproductive health care services.
You may be lucky to access free STD testing in some clinics in the city, but some may not have walk-in services, and physicians may not be available onsite or over the phone.