Recent health surveillance reports showcase worrying numbers of STDs in Pima County, Arizona. The rising rates of infections of sexually transmitted diseases show significant increases in chlamydia, gonorrhea, and syphilis cases since the beginning of 2015.
The Arizona Department of Health Services (ADHS) released an STD annual report in 2017, which indicated that Pima County had documented 576 cases of chlamydia, which was slightly higher than in 2015. Chlamydia had a rate of about 599 incidences per 100,000 population.
Moreover, health clinics in the country had diagnosed 113 new gonorrhea cases with a rate of 72. Meanwhile, there were a total of 11 syphilis cases with a morbidity rate of 9%.
The Pima County Health Department HIV/STD Program’s goal is to upset the rising rates of STD transmission by providing resources and medical services by organizing public education forums, partner notifications, as well as testing, treatment, and case management services.
The county health division has attempted to avail STD services through collaboration with the following health clinics: The Campus Health Clinic of Arizona State University situated along East Lowell Street and the Planned Parenthood Clinic (Margaret Sanger Health Center) on North Wyatt Drive.
Alternatively, the Pima County Health Department (Theresa Lee Health Clinic), West Commerce St and the North Clinic located along North First Ave may offer a wide range of care services including STD screening and treatment, birth control plans, breast examinations, STD prevention and education, among others.
You may also receive free STD testing from other clinics located throughout the region. However, the test may be limited to a few STDs, and clients might wait for lengthy hours.