Albany County Health Department’s effort in the fight against HIV/STDs is responsible for the reduced rates of infections witnessed in 2019 and 2018.
Laramie City, the county seat of Albany, had a steady increase in the rate of HIV cases between 2011 and 2015, with a rate of 68 per 100,000 persons and 79 per 100,000, respectively.
Chlamydia infections in the county hiked from a rate of 496.9 per 100,000 individuals in 2017 to 500.7 per 100,000 persons in 2018. A majority of these infections occurred in females aged 15 to 24 years.
On the contrary, Gonorrhea rates plummeted from a high of 47.6 per 100,000 persons in 2017 to 31.6 per 100,000 in 2018. A large percentage of reported Gonorrhea infections occurred among individuals under the age of 35.
Additionally, Syphilis infections in 2018 were at a rate of 2.6 per 100,000 individuals.
Albany County Health Department partners with other HIV/STD prevention service providers in organizing and supporting community events to distribute condom and conduct STD/HIV screening during community outreach. It also runs an HIV care and coordination program that offers financial assistance and counseling to PLWHA in the community.
Several medical facilities such as Grand Avenue Urgent Care, Planned Parenthood – Fort Collins Health Center, and Family Physicians of Laramie offer STD/HIV screening services to residents of Laramie city.
Clients may access free STD testing in some hospitals in the city, but they may have to put up with inconvenient hours, and doctors might not be available for consultations over the phone.