In the past five years, Kalispell City, the county seat of Flathead County, Montana, had an increase in HIV infections recording 36 cases at a rate of 45 per 100,000 persons in 2019, which was a rise from the 20 cases at a rate of 26 previously reported in 2014.
Syphilis infections were rare in Flathead County in 2017, with only 2 reported cases, which were exclusively in the male population. Only 13 Gonorrhea cases were identified the same year, with the infections prevalent among young people aged between 25 to 34 years.
An outbreak of Chlamydia infections was identified in the county, with 280 cases reported in 2017. The cases were dominant among the female population.
Flathead County Department of Health prioritizes the funding for the Ryan White Core and support services for PLWHA aged 18 to 29 years old. It has also increased awareness among clinical providers to focus on youths and teenagers by providing them with youth‐specific case managers who provide them with testing and treatment services. Moreover, Needle/Syringe Exchange Programs, which targets IDU have been set up to reduce the spread of HIV/Hepatitis.
Residents living in Kalispell City are lucky to have several health care facilities, such as Planned Parenthood – Spokane Health Center and Kalispell Regional Medical Center, which provides sexual health care services. They may also visit Kalispell Regional Medical Center or Scott Inc dba Valley Medical Services for STD testing.
Free STD testing may be available during community outreach activities, but individuals may experience long wait times, and tests may be dependent on income and welfare eligibility.