HIV cases steadily rose from 2015 to 2019 in Ennis, TX, a city in Eastern Ellis County. The county health department reported 129 HIV cases in 2015 and 232 cases in 2019. Most of the cases were from youths who engaged in high-risk behaviors.
STDs values variated between 2009 and 2016. Chlamydia, for instance, from 2009 to 2012, the cases were moderate, with 436 cases in 2009 and 456 cases in 2012. However, from 2013 to 2016, the cases steadily rose, and the reported cases in 2013 were 467, and in 2016 there were 586 cases.
Likewise, Gonorrhea infections fluctuated in that period. Between 2009 and 2014, the cases were moderate at 102 cases in 2009 and 95 cases in 2014. From 2015 to 2016, the cases increased with 132 in 2015 and 192 in 2016.
Syphilis cases remained moderately low from 2009 to 2016, with 4 cases in 2009 and 6 cases in 2016.
The measures taken by the Eastern Ellis County Health Department to prevent further STD/HIV infections include free STD/HIV testing and screening for most of the STDs at subsidized prices. There has been the youth’s sensitizations on matters of HIV/STDs; they are trained on how to prevent infections through safe sex, abstinence, and having one sexual partner.
In Ennis city, residents can have their sexual health checked at Planned Parenthood- Cedar Hill Health Center or Urgent Care plus. Other medical facilities in the town include Ennis Doctor Center and Ennis Regional Medical Center.
Some sexual health clinics in the city offer free STD Testing though not free for all STDs, and the returning of the results might not be immediate.