Dunmore, PA, based in Lackawanna County, had 247 HIV incidences in 2013 at a rate of 139, which surged upwards to 261 in 2017 at a rate of 142.
The highly infectious and easy to treat Chlamydia was also frequent in the borough with a substantial increase from 491 at a rate of 233.3 in 2017 to 578 cases in 2018 at a rate of 274.2.
Chlamydia rates were highest, particularly among young women in Dunmore, PA, mostly targeted for routine screening.
Primary and Secondary Syphilis reported six cases in 2019. The infections were common among the young population.
Gonorrhea was also prevalent in the county with 73 infections at a rate of 34.8 in 2019, which was a decline from the 147 infections reported in 2017 at a rate of 69.7, evidence of increased safe sex behaviors.
Lackawanna County Health Department partners with the community-based organizations and local health departments to provide HIV and STD testing, treatment, and prevention programs to reduce the prevalence of the diseases as well as health complications. The county health department has established STD clinics within the county to ensure ease of access for residents in remote areas.
The community health department offers free STD testing to residents who cannot afford the services. Hours and availability might not be consistent. Also, doctor consultation might not be available in the centers.
Medicus Urgent Care, Geisinger Community Medical Center, and Moses Taylor Hospital are among the health care facilities providing a full array of sexual health services for people in and around the borough.