McKinley County, NM, reported 102 HIV cases at a prevalence rate of 179 per 100,000 individuals in 2017 for persons aged 13 years and above. The infection slightly surged in 2018 to 103 cases at a rate of 173 per 100,000 population.
In 2018, Chlamydia infections were the highest, with a rate of 992 per 100,000 populations. The infections had drastically aggravated from the previous year which had 658 infections at a rate of 904.2 per 100,000 persons.
In second place were Gonorrhea cases with a prevalence rate of 300 per 100,000 persons in 2018. This was a rise from 2017 which reported 139 infections at a rate of 191.0 per 100,000 individuals.
In 2018, Syphilis infections came in last with a rate of 28 per 100,000 individuals. The cases had jacked up from the previous year which recorded 12 cases at a rate of 16.5 per 100,000 persons.
The county has an HIV Prevention Program whose goal is to reduce the number of new HIV transmissions. The program strives to evaluate evidence-based HIV prevention interventions for at-risk populations. It also provides medical care and support services to persons living with HIV/AIDs.
Locals may seek STD testing services at the New Mexico Department of Health and the Planned Parenthood – Farmington Health Center. Other available options are the Presbyterian Medical Services (Western New Mexico Medical Group) and the Navajo Area Indian Health Service.
Some facilities may offer free STD testing, but walking in may not be an option. Also, you may not get medication or prescriptions if you test positive for an STD.