Heber, UT, a city in northwestern Wasatch County, recorded a decline in HIV infections from seven in 2018 to five in 2020.
Among all the STDs reported in 2017, Chlamydia had the highest infection rates. However, the cases declined from 45 at a rate of 147.4 per 100,000 persons in 2016 to 36 at a rate of 112.1 per 100,00 persons in 2017. Females reported more cases compared to the male populations.
An increase was noted in Gonorrhea infections from three in 2015 to seven in 2016 and remained constant in 2017. MSMs spread most of the Gonorrhea infections reported. The cases were highest among persons aged 25 to 29.
The various policies and programs placed by the Wasatch County Health Department were successful in controlling the rate of Syphilis infection. No case was reported between 2015 to 2017.
Wasatch County Health Department involves community partners and institutions to scale up and sustain HIV/STD prevention and control interventions. Public health officials are using new tools and technologies to benefit the people who need them most. They also support engagement in care for groups with low viral suppression levels, including youth and IDUs.
HIV/STD services may be accessed in various medical centers in Heber city, including 5 Minute Clinic, Heber InstaCare, Planned Parenthood – Utah Valley Health Center, and Heber Valley Hospital.
City residents may access free STD testing in some clinics even though tests might not be comprehensive, and walk-in options may not exist.