Kirksville is a city in and the county seat of Adair County. The county showed a notable increase in HIV diagnoses made between 2018 and 2018. According to the county’s health rankings, new HIV infections prevailed at 34 in every 100,000 population in 2018 while in 2020, the rate of infection was recorded at 42 per 100,000 population.
The number of new Syphilis infections in the county had also risen from one case in 2018 to three new infections in 2019.
That aside, there was a fluctuation in Chlamydia diagnoses made between 2016 and 2019. Public health stakeholders recorded 87 cases in 2016, 86 in 2018, and 89 new infections in 2019.
Additionally, new Gonorrhea infections were steadily increasing between 2016 and 2019. As of 2016, there were only seven new cases reported, and in 2018, the value rose to 22 new infections. After that, there were 37 cases in 2019.
Adair County’s public health officials recognize that more needs to be done regarding preventing the further spread of HIV and STDs. Its public health officials work together with privately owned medical care providers to improve HIV/STD reporting and coordinate PrEP distribution campaigns to at-risk persons. They also provide access to partner counseling and referral programs and avail educational materials on risk reduction.
You can seek HIV care or low-cost to free STD testing and treatment at the Adair County Health Department, Urgent Care at CFM, Northeast Missouri Health Council, and Kirksville Family Medicine.
Unfortunately, you may have to wait for some time before you’ve received your results if you visit specific clinics, and you may need an appointment to receive HIV/STD services in others.