El Dorado is a city in and the county seat of Union County, serving as the largest urban population center in its region. There have been fluctuations in the rates of residents diagnosed with HIV in the county, increasing from 130 per 100,000 persons in 2013 to a high of 142 in 2016, before dropping to116 in 2020.
Cases of Chlamydia infections slightly decreased from a high of 318 in 2013 to 278 in 2018. A high number of infected individuals were females aged 15-24 years.
There were fluctuations in the total Gonorrhea cases, manifested in an increase from 122 in 2013 to 137 in 2015, followed by a slight decrease to 111 in 2018.
The public health department in Union County had managed to eradicate Syphilis, with no cases recorded between 2013 and 2017; however, there was an upward surge in 2018 with 11 cases recorded.
The Union County Health Unit – El Dorado offers sexual health training and family planning services to prevent further spread of STIs. It also provides confidential STD/HIV testing, counseling, and treatment, including organizing community outreach events accessible to all public members, including the LGBTQ community.
City dwellers can access free STD testing services, especially during STD awareness campaigns; however, results might not be immediate, and the tests could be free for some std, not all.
GrantMED Family Medicine & Walk-In Care, Medical Center of South Arkansas, and Planned Parenthood – Little Rock Health Center are some of the medical centers where you can access STD/HIV screening in the El Dorado area.