Pinal County has an above-average rate of HIV prevalence and over 1000 people were living with HIV or AIDs in 2017. Therefore, this data indicates that residents of Florence are at a high risk of contracting HIV.
In this area, the most at-risk demographic for HIV infection are black males and females.
It was also reported that the number of Syphilis cases in the area more than doubled between 2016 and 2017. Additionally, there are approximately 2000 cases of chlamydia each year in the area.
This data suggests that Florence residents are at significant risk of HIV and STD infection.
As the number of sexually transmitted infections reported each year continues to rise, health officials in Florence are urging residents to seek regular HIV and STD checks to keep themselves safe.
As the STD and HIV epidemic continues to affect residents in Florence, health officials have implemented disease-awareness social media campaigns to help prevent further infections.
To prevent sexually transmitted diseases spreading and improve treatment some health clinics have implemented free STD testing, which may be available at local clinics. However, free treatment is not available to everyone as insurance and financial requirements often apply. Additionally, clinics that offer free treatments often have long waiting times.
Some public clinics that you can consider when seeking STD testing include Sun Life Family Health Center (Florence Clinic) and Pinal County Public Health Services District (Coolidge Clinic), both of which are easily accessible by car or public transport.