The number of new HIV cases fluctuated between 2017 and 2019 in Henderson, NC. Six persons tested positive in 2016 at a rate of 16.3 per 100,000 population and eight in 2017 at a rate of 21.6 per 100,000 individuals. In 2019, the infections had reduced to seven, occurring at a rate of 18.9 per 100,000 residents.
Vance County Public Health Department registered a spike in the number of new Syphilis infections, from nine positively diagnosed cases rated at 20.2 in 2018 to 13 prevailing at a rate of 29.2 in 2019.
Additionally, the same upward trend was apparent in the number of newly infected Gonorrhea patients. In 2017, there were 255 diagnoses happening at a rate of 575.9, and in 2019, there were 293 at an incidence rate of 657.9.
Moreover, a similar pattern was noted in the case of new Chlamydia infections between 2018 and 2019. A total of 489 people tested positive in 2018 at a rate of 1,095.6 while 507 positive diagnoses were made in 2019 at a rate of 1,138.4.
To prevent the further spread of HIV/STD infections, the county’s public health administrators have focused on educating healthcare providers on the best clinical practices in terms of HIV/STD testing, treatment, and prevention. They also collaborate with other state agencies to ensure the widespread distribution of accurate STD preventing education.
You can go for HIV/STD testing or prevention resources at the Vance County Health Department, Planned Parenthood – Chapel Hill Health Center, FastMed Urgent Care, and Warren Vance Community Health.
Even though free STD testing may be available, the service may fail to cover all STDs. Also, they may not be comprehensive.