Pampa, TX, has had relatively low numbers in terms of HIV diagnoses from from 2014 to 2017. According to data from the public health officials, there were no reported cases in 2014, but between 2015 and 2016, one case was identified.
There was a significant increase in new Syphilis infections according to data tabled in 2016 and 2018 reports. The former year had no new cases while by 2018, the number of infections had leaped to 14 at a prevalence of 63.9 in every population of 100,000.
Also, there was a hike in Gonorrhea diagnoses made between 2016 and 2018. In 2016, nine cases were recorded at 39.6 in every 100,000 people while in 2018, there were 24 new infections occurring at a rate of 109.6 per 100,000 persons.
On the other hand, new Chlamydia infections had dropped between 2017 and 2018, whereby 80 cases had been recorded in 2017 at 361.6 in every 100,000 persons while 63 were recorded in 2018 at a prevalence of 287.7 per 100,000 population.
The local health department in Gray County has been keen on following the state government’s directives regarding HIV/STD prevention. That’s why they’ve been able to maintain relatively low HIV infection rates and constantly dropping STD incidences. Some of the resources they’ve leveraged include advocating for the combined use of PrEP medications and preventive options, such as safer drug use and condoms to keep the incidence rates at bay. This advocacy has been mainly through community-based education programs.
Medical centers such as the Pampa Urgent Care, Harvester Health and Wellness Clinic, Pampa Regional Medical Center, and the Amarillo Public Health Department are among the centers in Pampa, TX, providing sexual health services.
Some clinics may have inconvenient operational hours while others may require residents to meet certain requirements to access free STD testing.