Huntington, IN, has had moderate HIV/STD infections over the past few years. There were 80 new HIV cases reported in the city at the end of 2018.
Chlamydia was the most pervasive STI infection among Huntington’s residents. Fortunately, the county health government managed to flatten the curve, and between 2014 and 2018, the infections almost remained constant with 93 and 91 cases, respectively.
There was a dramatic increase in Gonorrhea cases from 7 in 2014 to 25 in 2014. The infections were slightly higher in men compared to women.
However, for Syphilis, there were no reported cases in 2018.
The County Health Department of Huntington county has placed major intervention strategies to lower HIV/STD infections in the county. Some of the interventions include capacity building, out-reach with STD/HIV screening and testing, prenatal infection prevention programs, and training on matters to do with HIV and STD. There have also been the implementation of condom distribution programs around the county and the sensitization of influential groups, such as MSM, IDU, and heterosexual, to prevent further infections.
Planned Parenthood- Huntington Health center and Reliant Urgent Care – Huntington Park are some of the health facilities residents can check their sexual health. There are more facilities where they can also access STD/HIV services, including Parkview Huntington Hospital and John H. Stroger, Jr Hospital of Cook County.
Dedicated to maintaining residents’ sexual health, several clinics offer free STD testing in Huntington. However, doctors’ consultation may not be available, and the free test may be based on income and welfare eligibility.