Public health officials in Cochise County county noted a fluctuation in the number of new HIV infections in Douglas, AZ. Seven were reported in 2013, five in 2014, and eight in 2015 and 2016.
That aside, a notable increase was observed in the number of new Primary and Secondary Syphilis cases. The number of cases in 2016 was under six hence deemed unfit to be included in annual STD surveillance reports. However, in 2017, 11 new infections were occurring at a rate of 8.7 per group of 100,000 persons.
Moreover, Chlamydia diagnoses increased from 425 in 2016 at a prevalence of 336.3 in every 100,000 individuals to 455 in 2017 at a rate of 361.8 per cluster of 100,000 individuals.
Furthermore, public health records showed a significant increase in the number and incidence rate of new Gonorrhea infections recorded between 2016 and 2017. In 2016, 62 cases were recorded at a rate of 49.0 per cluster of 100,000 individuals, whereas in 2017, there were 97 new infections at a rate of 77.1 in every population of 100,000.
The local health department officials in Cochise County should try and maximize on state-funded HIV/STD prevention programs. These programs can help them monitor trends allowing them to single out areas with the greatest need by offering sexual health and prevention education and preventive medications to already exposed individuals.
Clinics in Douglas. AZ, where you may receive HIV/STD services, include the Planned Parenthood – Southern Arizona Regional Health Center, Copper Queen Community Hospital Douglas Rural Health Clinic, and Jennifer ‘Ginger’ Ryan Clinic – Chiricahua Community Health Centers.
Free STD testing may be available to individuals who meet specific predetermined eligibility guidelines and residents in the city.