The incidence rate of HIV infections in Hastings, the County seat of Adams County, reduced from 15 cases at a rate of 58 in 2014 to 5 cases at a rate of 19 per 100, 1000 persons in 2018.
According to the county health reports, the rate of Gonorrhea infections was 15 per 100,000 persons in 2015.
Syphilis Infections had the lowest rate, with 0.8 cases per 100,1000 persons reported in 2015. The infections were notably higher among men who sex with men.
Chlamydia had the highest cases of infections in the county. The health reports indicated that the rate of infection was 400 per 100 000 persons in 2015.
The Union county health department has established various measures to combat STD/HIV infections in Hastings City. Some of these strategies include training health care providers on PEP/PrEP clinical practices and increasing the enrollment of HIV negative persons at risk of contracting HIV infections to PrEP programs. Moreover, it provides HIV/STD education to community residents to help increase STD/HIV awareness.
Individuals residing in Hastings, Nebraska, can access STD/HIV screening and treatment in health care facilities, including Mary Lanning Healthcare – Reproductive Health and Wellspring Pregnancy + Health Center. Residents can also opt for Twin Rivers Urgent Care and Planned Parenthood – Lincoln South Health Center.
City residents can access free STD testing in some medical facilities. However, the results might not be immediate, and some individuals might not be able to meet the eligibility standards to receive free screenings.