Hereford is a city in and county seat of Deaf Smith County. Over the years, there have been fluctuations in the HIV prevalence rate, with a slight decrease from 11 per 100,000 individuals in 2014 to 9 in 2017. Sadly, this was followed by a 44.4% increase to a rate of 13 per 100,000 persons in 2020.
Chlamydia infection rates showed fluctuations, with a significant decrease from 479.3 per 100,000 individuals in 2013 to 376.6 in 2017, followed by an increase to 490.4 in 2018.
The number of Gonorrhea infections recorded in the county increased sharply, with the rate tripling from 53.0 per 100,000 persons in 2015 to 143.9 in 2018.
Syphilis infection rates showed fluctuations, with an upward surge from 20.8 per 100,000 individuals in 2013 to 69.0 in 2015. This was followed by a sharp decrease to 5.3 in 2017, before spiking to 37.3 in 2018.
The Public health department in Hereford collaborates with the Texas Dept of State Health Services to operate a detailed HIV/STD program that entails testing, counseling, PEP/PrEP, Expedited Partner Therapy (EPT), and follow-up services. It also partners with local clinics to organize STD awareness campaigns and sex education for public members, including underserved communities.
CareXpress Urgent Care Canyon, Planned Parenthood – Albuquerque Surgical Center, Plains Memorial Hospital, and Parmer County Community Hospital are some of the medical facilities where you can access STD/HIV screening services.
You could also visit some local clinics to access free STD testing services, but walk-in options might not be available, and people will know why you’re there.