Boone County Health Department’s surveillance report revealed the prevalence of HIV/STD incidents in Harrison city. According to the report, HIV infections dropped from 17 in 2015 to 16 cases in 2019.
Public health reports indicated that Chlamydia infections were predominant among young people. The number of persons diagnosed with Chlamydia cases hiked from 119 at a rate of 320.0 in 2016 to 135 incidences at a rate of 361.1 in 2017, but the infections dropped to 125 at the rate of 333.5 by the end of 2018.
Health data revealed that Gonorrhea infections in the county increased from 16 at a rate of 43.0 in 2016 to 46 incidents at a rate of 121.7 in 2018.
On the other hand, public health officials managed to eradicate Syphilis in the county between 2016 and 2017 since there were no reported cases. However, in 2018, eight incidents were noted.
To control the spread of HIV/STD infections in Harrison, AR, Boone County Health Department has improved STD/HIV surveillance across the county by deploying more disease intervention specialists and strengthening community involvement and partnerships. It has established effective mechanisms to respond to STI outbreaks.
The city has plenty of medical facilities offering HIV/STD services, such as Planned Parenthood – Springfield Health Center and Washington Regional Urgent Care – Harrison, AR. Residents can also check in at Cox Medical Center Branson and North Arkansas Regional Medical Center for similar services.
Most of these clinics provide free STD testing to the residents. But costs might not be upfront. Also, hours and availability might not be consistent.