A slight increment in the number of HIV infections was noted in Ottumwa, a city in Wapello County. The infections rose from 19 at a rate of 64 in 2014 to 23 at a prevalence rate of 23 in 2018.
Over the years, there have been fewer Syphilis infections, and in 2017, only 3 Syphilis infections were reported.
Chlamydia infections were frequent in the county, and the female population was the most affected. At the end of 2017, the total number of infections was 202 at a rate of 577.4.
The total number of Gonorrhea infections in the county was 94 at a rate of 268.7 in 2017. These infections were slightly higher in the male population compared to the female population.
The Wapello County Department of Health has noted cases of STI/HIV infections to be more prevalent among the youths and is focusing its efforts towards increasing sexual awareness to among young individuals. This is done by providing youths with linkage coordinators, establishing youth STD/HIV clinics, and increasing the number of youth‐specific case managers.
Ottumwa Walk-In Clinic and Planned Parenthood – West Health Center are some of the health centers in Ottumwa city where residents can access STI/HIV services. Other health centers they may consider include Ottumwa Regional Health Center and Pella Regional Health Center’s Medical Clinic in Ottumwa.
You may be lucky to access free STD testing in some of the clinics in the city. To access the services, however, you may be required to be on welfare or within a certain age group say 13 to 24 years.