According to the Arizona’s Department of Health Services 2016 report, STDs were the major communicable diseases affecting the people of the state. Pima County had a higher rate of syphilis, gonorrhea, and Chlamydia infections.
Between 2015 and 2016 there was a 7 percent increase in cases of chlamydia while syphilis rose by a staggering 25 percent. Gonorrhea cases were also on the rise with the county recording 22 percent increase.
The most impacted by STDs were young people between the ages of 15 and 29 years. According to the report released by the Sexually Transmitted Disease Control Program, women stood a higher chance of gonorrhea and chlamydia infection as compared to men.
In 2016, 68 percent of syphilis cases were reported as MSM (Men who have sex with Men). Importantly, a report by STCP stipulates that there are fewer cases of HIV infections in the county.
Arizona health department, in conjunction with other local health departments, is spearheading the war against STDs in Drexel Heights, AZ, by establishing community outreach clinical care.
Importantly, in a bid to combat the menace, Drexel Heights community center, provides STD testing and treatment services to the residents. There is also a client–based counseling and education program to assist those infected and affected.
Drexel Heights, AZ, has several STD testing clinics like NextCare Urgent Care at Calle Santa Cruz, and Theresa Lee Public Health Center located at Commerce Ct, Tucson. These clinics have trained staff that also offers counseling services for the infected and affected.
Free STD testing clinics are also available in Drexel Heights.
However, the shortcomings of these clinics are that they have inconvenient visiting hours and they are limited in numbers.