In 2015, 70 HIV cases were identified in the Houma region, home to Morgan City, at a frequency rate of 157 that surged with a slim margin of 4 to reach 74 new HIV infections in 2016 at a higher rate of 168.
Residents with both HIV and Gonorrhea were 17 in 2015 at a prevalence rate of 4.2 while those co-infected with HIV and Chlamydia were 21 at a rate of 3.1 in the same year. Another HIV co-infection was noticed in people with Hepatitis C with 10 cases observed in 2017.
The people found positive with Primary and Secondary Syphilis were 43 in 2015 and 56 in 2016 a difference of 13 additional cases. Gonorrhea was also prevalent in the region with 723 new infections reported in 2015 increasing to 786 new infections in 2016.
Chlamydia cases observed were the highest, recording 2,482 new diagnoses in 2015 that slightly dropped to 2,425 cases in 2016.
The St. Mary Health Unit works to reduce the HIV and STD prevalence in the parish through providing STD testing, treatment and Hepatitis vaccines to city’s residents. The Unit also offers HIV screening and PrEP medication to people exposed to the virus either sexually or through syringe sharing to suppress the virus. They also supply free male and female condoms to the high-at-risk individuals in the community.
To take charge of your sexual health, you might consider walking-in to one of the clinics in Morgan City that provide free STD testing, but waiting hours might be inconsistent. Also, doctors’ consultations might be unavailable.
Urgent Care of Morgan City, Planned Parenthood – Baton Rouge Health Center, and Teche Regional Medical Center are among the numerous health centers with comprehensive sexual health services.