Payson is a city in the Utah county health district. According to the county health report, HIV cases rose from 5 at a rate of 0.9 in 2014 to 12 at a rate of 2.4 in 2016 but dropped to 9 at a rate of 1.5 in 2017. However, by the end of 2018, they had escalated to 13 at a rate of 2.1.
The number of people diagnosed with STDs has been on a steady increase. Chlamydia cases rose from 765 in 2013 to 965 cases in 2015.
Gonorrhea cases were also alarming in Utah county. Health reports indicate a rise in gonorrhea cases from 65 in 2013 to 196 in 2017.
Meanwhile, Syphilis cases were among the STDs with the lowest infection rates. The infections increased from 2 in 2014 to 8 cases in 2017.
Utah County Health Department strives to curb the surge of HIV/STD infections through several programs, such as the Teen PEP program. This program focuses on promoting sex education among students and teenagers who are more vulnerable to STDs. Public health officials use surveillance data to monitor trends and identify communities experiencing the highest rates of infection and ensure they receive treatment.
Planned Parenthood – Utah Valley Health Center and Revere Health Family Medicine & Urgent Care – Salem are among Payson’s medical facilities. UT, providing HIV/STD testing. Individuals can also opt to visit Utah County Medical Associates and Salem Multi-Specialty Health Center.
These clinics might offer free STD testing; but costs might not be upfront, and individuals may have to pay extra fee for doctors’ consultation.