HIV infections in Eureka, a city in Humboldt County, reduced from 149 at a rate of 129 in 2014 to 132 at a rate of 114 in 2018.
Chlamydia infections soared from 393 at a rate of 291.3 in 2013 to the high of 713 at a rate of 523.8 in 2017. The infections were higher in the female population at a rate of 700.6 per 100,000 persons compared to the rate of 348.4 in the male population.
A trend in the fluctuation of Gonorrhea infections was noted over the last 5 years. In 2013, there were 201 Gonorrhea infections at a rate of 149.0 and by the end of 2017, the number had reached 225 at a rate of 165.3 in 2017.
Few people in the county were diagnosed with Syphilis infections with the number rising from 3 at a rate of 2.2 in 2013 to 32 at a rate of 23.5 in 2017.
The low-income population finds it difficult to access medications to treat STD/HIV infections. The Humboldt County Department of Health has taken measures that help patients living with HIV infections from the low-income community to overcome such financial barriers by helping with their prescription coverage costs like premiums and coinsurance.
Eureka residents can access STD/HIV services in medical centers like the Redwood Urgent Care or the Planned Parenthood – Eureka Health Center. St. Joseph Hospital Eureka and Eureka VA Outpatient Clinic also offer STD/HIV services.
Free STD testing is available in some of the clinics. However, such facilities may be in limited locations and results may be delivered by phone call. Confidential consultation might not also be available in some cases.