Las Vegas, NM, is a city in and the county seat of San Miguel County. In recent years, the county has reported a relatively constant HIV prevalence rate at 43 per 100,000 persons in 2020 and 41 in the previous three years.
HIV diagnoses in 2016 were registered at a rate of 38 in 2016, reflecting a 15.2% increase from 33 in 2014 and 2015.
Chlamydia infections remained relatively constant in 2014 and 2015 at a rate of 665 and 664 per 100,000 persons, respectively, before a sharp drop to 603 in the following year. In 2018, the incidence rate spiked to 667.
The county reported a double increase in the rate of individuals diagnosed with Gonorrhea infections from 71 in 2015 to 150 in 2018.
Syphilis infections tripled from a rate of 4 per 100,000 individuals in 2015 and 2016 to 11 in 2017. In 2018, the rate of infection reduced by 36.4% to 7.
The San Miguel County Department of Health and Environment engages city and county residents through community outreach events and education to promote STD/HIV awareness. Its public health officials also emphasize testing pregnant women for sexually transmitted diseases to enable treatment and avoid harming their unborn children. Other benefits include referrals and family planning services, including safer sex practices.
Planned Parenthood – Santa Fe Health Center, El Centro Family Health, and Alta Vista Regional Hospital are some healthcare facilities located in the Las Vegas area that offer STD/HIV testing services.
City dwellers can also access free STD testing at some city clinics, but the tests visits may be potentially awkward, and some tests are free, not comprehensive.