HIV/STD cases increased from 2014 to 2019 in Mineral Wells, a city in Palo Pinto and Parker counties. In 2014, the infections were 16 at a rate of 70 per 100,000 population, and by the end of 2019, there were 31 reported cases at a rate of 134 per 100,000 people.
In 2009 there were zero Syphilis cases, but reports indicated two new infections in 2016 at a rate of 7.1 per 100,000 population.
A steady increase in Gonorrhea infections was noted between 2009 to 2016. In 2009, the cases were six at a prevalence rate of 21.4 per 100,000 persons, and in 2016, there were 28 new cases at a rate of 99.8.
Additionally, Chlamydia cases gained from 52 at a prevalence rate of 185.2 in 2009 to 96 at a rate of 342.2. in 2016.
Palo Pinto and Parker Counties’ County Health Department use their leadership and teams to change behaviors to prevent the spread of HIV and STD infections among the high-risk HIV negative MSM, IDU, and heterosexual population. The department also considers special groups, such as people with disabilities, non-natives, homeless, transgender people, and persons in the sex trade industry.
For residents in Mineral Wells City, they can visit health centers such as Planned Parenthood – Southwest Fort Worth Health Center and PPGH Urgent Care Center for sexual health services. Other facilities within the city include Palo Pinto General Hospital and Community Care Center.
Some walk-in sexual health clinics in the city may provide free STD Testing. However, working hours may not be consistent, and you may have to wait for a long time.