Bryan County’s public health officials noted a decrease in the number of new HIV infections in Durant, OK, reported between 2015 and 2016. There were four new infections in the preceding year of reference, whereas 2016 had only one diagnosis.
Conversely, the number of new Chlamydia infections recorded around that same period, 2015 and 2016, had increased significantly. As of 2016, 237 new cases were prevailing at 528.0 per group of 100,000 people, while in 2016, 276 new infections were reported at a rate of 605.6 in every 100,000 persons.
Additionally, Bryan County had the same rate and number of new Syphilis infections, according to records dated 2015 and 2016. Each year had one case at a prevalence of 2.2 in every 100,000 people.
Furthermore, Gonorrhea infections had almost doubled between 2015 and 2016, where 56 cases had been reported at a prevalence of 124.8 per 100,000 population in 2015 while 101 were reported the following year at an incidence rate of 221.6 in every cluster of 100,000 persons.
The Bryan County Health Department has embraced newer and more effective techniques to combat the spread of HIV/STDs. It complements state-funded HIV/STD prevention programs by expanding outreach screening to provide comprehensive training to sexual health educators. Public health officials have increased mobile testing units to widen community outreach and to improve access to care for positively-diagnosed persons.
You can access HIV/STD screening, treatment, and prevention resources from the Bryan County Health Department, DLO Durant West Patient Service Center, and Choctaw Nation Regional Medical Clinic. Other facilities you can explore for such services include Planned Parenthood – Central Oklahoma City Clinic.
Beware that some clinics may lack multiple payment methods and that free STD testing services may only be available for eligible patients.