HIV infections in Helena City, the county seat of Lewis and Clark, remained constant over the past five years. In 2013, there were 19 cases at a rate of 36 per 100,000 persons, and by the end of 2017, the was still 19 at a rate of 36.
Chlamydia infections had the most occurrences in the county, with 1,387 cases at a rate of 321.6 in 2012, which escalated to 1,918 at a rate of 416.0 per 100,000 persons in 2016.
Gonorrhea infections almost doubled to 397 cases at a rate of 86.1 in 2016 from 151 cases previously reported in 2012 at a rate of 35.0 per 100,000 persons.
Syphilis, the commonly known silent STI, also gained from 44 cases at a rate of10.2 in 2012 to 56 at a rate of 12.1 per 100,000 persons in 2016.
The county health department of Lewis and Clark has adopted various strategies to combat the spread of STD infections in the region, including networking with ADAP Drug Rebated and other organizations to provide medical transportation to PLWHA unable to access health care facilities and medication. It has also established a case management and early intervention team to identify populations exposed to HIV infection and ensure they receive the appropriate health care.
Residents visiting Helena City may visit clinics such as Planned Parenthood –Helena Health Center and Options Clinic-Pregnancy Testing to check their sexual health. Other medical centers available in the county include Lewis and Clark Public Health and St. Peter’s Urgent Care Clinic.
You may be lucky to receive free STD testing in some clinics in the city, but health practitioners might not be available over the phone for a consultation, and costs might not be upfront.