Pinal County, where Eloy is a city, has experienced a rise in the number of individuals diagnosed with HIV infections over the past few years. The HIV prevalence rate increased by 7.7 percent from 535 per 100,000 persons in 2014 and 2015 to 576 in 2017, followed by an upward surge to 875 in 2020.
Chlamydia infection rates also increased from 352.4 per 100,000 individuals in 2016 to 384.0 in 2017. Females aged 15-24 years registered the most infections.
The rate of Gonorrhea infections rose by 9.0 percent from 94.7 per 100,000 persons in 2016 to 125.9 in 2017, with men showing higher incidences than females.
Total Syphilis infections doubled from 7.9 per 100,000 individuals in 2016 to 14.6 in 2017.
Pinal County Public Health Department advocates for changes to increase funding at the local and state levels for programs such as STD/HIV and Teen Pregnancy Prevention programs and qualifications for Medicaid/Medicare, enabling it to respond to rising infection trends in the county. It also organizes community outreach events and public health forums, including STD awareness campaigns to address affordability and accessibility challenges facing at-risk individuals, including homeless populations.
City dwellers can visit Planned Parenthood – New Tempe Regional Health Center for comprehensive sexual healthcare services, including STD/HIV screening. Other medical facilities include NextCare Urgent Care, Hu Hu Kam Memorial Hospital, and Dignity Health – Arizona General Hospital Laveen – Phoenix, AZ.
Some city clinics offer free STD testing, but hours and availability might not be consistent, and eligibility may depend on welfare and income.