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Flagstaff, Arizona

Flagstaff, Arizona is part of Coconino County which is in northern part of the state. As of 2017, its population was 65,870. It is named for a flagstaff made from ponderosa pine by a scouting party from Boston. It is surrounded by one of the largest pine forests in the world. It also has one of the highest elevations of any city in the U.S.

Flagstaff, AZ is home to the U.S. Naval Observatory as well as the Lowell Observatory. It draws a large tourist crowd because of how close it is to the Grand Canyon and Route 66. Arizona University also has a major economic impact on the city as many Olympic athletes choose to train there.

The state of Arizona has seen a rise in sexually transmitted diseases and HIV/AIDS/. State on Coconino county officials are working to not only create awareness about the problem, but provide methods of treatment as well. This includes educational materials and several clinics that provide prevention and treatment.

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STD Statistics In Coconino County, AZ

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Statistics reported is based on publicly available data sources such as CDC for Coconino County, AZ. Data is normalized to accurately report Coconino County STD Breakdown.

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As of 2015, individuals aged 15-29 were the greatest demographic impacted by STI’s throughout the state. 65% of the cases reported were peopled under the age of 25, and 82% were under the age of 30%. 68% of reported Gonorrhea cases were in adolescents aged 15-29. Individuals under the age of 30 accounted for 43% of all Syphilis cases. Most of the cases reported were men having sex with men, when it came to Syphilis. 85% of cases were male cases.

Within Coconino county, the Chlamydia case rate was 704.5. Coconino was only behind Apache county the number of case reported. There were 940 reported cases within the county. The amount of female cases has decreased by 3%, while the amount of male cases has increased by 5%. American Indians were the ethnic group greatest impacted by Chlamydia, followed by Black, non-Hispanics.

In 2015, the state ranked 20th in number of Gonorrhea cases reported. Between 2014 and 2015 the rate of cases increased by 7%. In Coconino county, the numbers were moderate in comparison to other counties. There were a little under 100 cases reported. The greatest ethnic demographic impacted were Black, non-Hispanics.

In regard to Syphilis the amount of cases reported has increased significantly since 2012.  However, Coconino country has remained moderately low in their cases reported. Increase was seen mostly in male cases. The ethnic demographic most impacted were Black, non-Hispanic males.

Arizona began tracking HIV/AIDS cases when they first appeared in the state in 1981. From 1981-2012, 20,150 cases of HIV infection have been reported in Arizona. Of these cases, 13,336 (66%) were emergent HIV and 6,814 (34%) were emergent AIDS. The greatest gender demographic impacted were males having sex with males. The greatest ethnic demographic impacted was Black, non-Hispanics. Coconino country remained on the lower side of cases reported, with only 181 cases in 2012.

Graph of chlamydia rates in flagstaff arizona from 2015

STD Testing and Sexual Education in Flagstaff, AZ

Arizona state law does not require education pertaining to STI’s and HIV/AIDS. Local school officials decide whether to implement sexual education. If sexual health education is taught, abstinence must be the focal point. If a school decides to discuss HIV, their curriculum must be medically accurate. A child must have their parent’s permission to take any form of sexual health class.

An organization called Advocates for Arizona is pushing for sexual health education in all schools. Their primary stance is that young people that were either born in, or after the 80’s are the first generation to live in a world where AIDS is a common topic of discussion. They also believe that it does not need to be something to fear so long as it is discussed and handled properly.

Planned Parenthood is also fiercely active in the fight for a more prominent sexual health education program within the state. The University of Arizona has been working closely with Planned Parenthood to empower the community with knowledge pertaining to sexual health.

Within the university there are several health promotion programs. One such program is the Condom Club which offers 30 free condoms a semester to students. They also offer STI testing on campus as well as information pertaining the prevention and treatment of STI’s and HIV/AIDS.

On their website, the University of Arizona also offers basic information about sexual health and well-being as well as other websites they recommend for more in-depth information. They break their information up into sections, which is helpful if an individual is looking for specific answers. Finally, they offer recommendations outside of the university for those who are not students or who live further away.

Sexually Transmitted Diseases and Demographics in Flagstaff, AZ

Perhaps the primary correlation between the amount of STI’s and/or HIV/AIDS within Flagstaff and Coconino county is the age demographic. As mentioned before, the primary age demographic affected by STI’s in Flagstaff is ages 15-29. The median age within Flagstaff is younger than most places, which means this could affect why most individuals affected are young adolescents to young adults.

There could also be a correlation between the number of American Indians living within Flagstaff and the fact that they are the greatest ethnic demographic affected by Chlamydia. They are also the third poorest ethnic group and out of three ethnic demographics (White, non-Hispanic, Unknown, and American Indian) they make the smallest salaries.

There does not seem to be a correlation between the fact that the male population is the greatest gender demographic impacted and the statistics pertaining to males in Flagstaff. Males make $3,000 more a year than females, though they do fall behind females when it comes to the graduation rate. 0.63 more times females graduated than males.

There could possibly be a correlation between the poverty rate for females and the impact Chlamydia has made on the female population. Women aged 15-29 are the greatest age demographic impacted Chlamydia and women aged 18-24 are the greatest age demographic living in poverty.

STI Testing Resources in Flagstaff, AZ

There are many locations within Flagstaff that provide STI testing. It is recommended that you call ahead to confirm whether you will be required to make an appointment as well as to inquire what form (if any) of insurance they take. Many places allow you to walk in. When you call you can also verify that they offer the test you require. For example, some clinics may test for HIV but not Gonorrhea.

One location that provides testing is the NextCare Urgent care in Flagstaff. Their hours are Monday through Friday 8:00 am through 8:00 pm. They provide a service through which you can check-in online in order to save time. They accept Medicare, Aetna, Medicare RR and AHCCCS.

A second location is the Flagstaff Health Center. Here, you can schedule online and the offices have individuals who specialize in speaking Spanish in order to help those who do not speak English. They provide both HIV and STI testing. They are open Mondays and Wednesdays from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm, Thursdays from 11:00 am to 6:00 pm, and Fridays from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm.

The Department of Health Services of Flagstaff provides HIV and STI testing services as well. Testing, treatment and counseling are offered for all major STI’s and HIV/AIDS. HIV testing is available free of charge. There is assistance for those who cannot afford the treatment of AIDS through the Ryan White Part B HIV Case Management Program.

Dr. Steve McCrosky of the North Country Healthcare Medical Group specializes in treating patients dealing with HIV/AIDS. Dr. McCrosky accepts Medicare and it is requested you call if you have private insurance. If you are uninsured there is a sliding scale they use to determine cost. Patients can make appointments online.

There is a Planned Parenthood in Flagstaff. They are opened Mondays and Wednesdays from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm, Thursdays from 11:00 am to 6:00 pm, and Fridays from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm. They accept Blue Cross / Blue Shield and CMDP. If an individual is uninsured they may qualify for state assistance. Among other things, they provide testing for Chlamydia, Gonorrhea, HIV and Syphilis.

An individual will usually be required to give a urine sample. Many STI tests also require a genital exam. Rapid HIV testing can be done through a blood sample taken with a finger stick. If tests results come back positive, there is counseling available for both the patient and their partner.

Better Sexual Health in Flagstaff, AZ

The community of Flagstaff in Arizona seems fiercely adamant that they will provide testing and treatment for the population it has that has been affected by STI’s and HIV/AIDS. While there has been an increase in STI’s, this does not seem to be from a lack of information provided from a community and medical setting. Educational curriculum supports and advocates abstinence, while also promoting being smart when becoming sexually active. The downside with the educational system could be that it does actively promote requiring curriculum pertaining to sexual health. The local Planned Parenthood as well as Arizona University provides both treatment and counseling to those in need of it. There are also several local clinics where testing and treatment is provided. Demographics and statistics suggest that American Indians and males who are sexually active with other males are most likely to contract an STI. Regardless of the statistics, the best way to prevent STI’s is to either remain abstinent or practice safe sex with your partner. Flagstaff also provides several online resources that help educate about STI’s. One of which is:

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