Hermiston is a fast-growing city in Umatilla County. In 2017, 2018, and 2019, there was a remarkable decrease in the number of new HIV cases reported by local public health officials. There were four cases recorded in the first year of reference, three in 2018, and by 2019 no HIV diagnosis was made.
On the other hand, Gonorrhea infections were on the rise within the county, whereby 93 new infections were identified in 2018 at a rate of 115.1 in every 100,000 persons as opposed to the 67 cases recorded at 83.2 per 100,000 population in 2017.
Moreover, new Chlamydia infections dropped between 2017 and 2018. The Umatilla County local health department noted that there were 323 new infections at a prevalence of 401.2 per 100,000 people recorded in 2017. This value decreased to 304 cases at a rate of 376.4 in every population of 100,000 in 2018.
The department also noticed a gradual decrease in the number of new Syphilis infections from four new infections at a prevalence of 5.0 in 2017 to only one case was at a rate of 1.2 in every 100,000 people in 2018.
Local government official shave been lobbying for a special needs funding from the state government to help in acquiring more resources to enable telehealth STD/HIV consultations and improve the reach of education outreach programs related to the topic.
There are various clinics, including the Planned Parenthood – Kennewick Health Center, Hermiston Family Medicine & Urgent Health Care, and Umatilla County Health Department Hermiston Office, you can visit to receive affordable or even free STD testing services.
However, you should keep in mind that people may know your reason for visiting a particular clinic and that some clinics may lack doctor consultation services.