A reduction in the number of HIV infections was noted in Middletown, a city in Orange County. The number decreased from 999 at a rate of 331 in 2015 to the current 944 infections at a rate of 306.
Gonorrhea infections increased from 207 at a rate of 58.3 in 2015 to reach 294 at a rate of 80.3 in 2017 with the male population recording a higher number with 184 cases compared to the 110 infections in females.
The county health reports indicated an increment in the number of Syphilis infections in the Orange county population.
The infections rose from 21 at a rate of 6.0 in 2015 to 51 people in 2017, translating to a rate of 14.2 per 100,000 persons.
There were 1,216 Chlamydia infections identified in Orange County in 2015, which rose to 1,542 at a rate of 401.9 by the end of 2017. The infections were almost exclusively in the female population with 1,542 infections reported compared to the 518 in males.
Integrating HIV and other prevention measures into primary medical care settings is an initiative that the Orange County Department of Health has been pursuing for years. This is to ensure that both people living with HIV/STDS and the high-risk groups can access such HIV preventive options in most local medical facilities.
Middletown residents may check their sexual health in hospitals like the Orange Regional Medical Center and Cornerstone Family Healthcare. Residents in search of confidential testing may opt for Orange Urgent Care or the Planned Parenthood – Goshen Health Center.
To access free STD testing offered in some of the hospitals, a patient may be required to book an appointment and might have to be medically underserved and undergo stringent eligibility tests.