Pocatello, Idaho is one of the cities in Bannock County that is still fighting the surging rates of sexually transmitted diseases (STDs). 2017 saw Idaho record a total of 6,577 STD diagnoses, including HIV, gonorrhoea, chlamydia, and syphilis, as revealed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). This was a rise from the 6,266 cases that were reported in 2016.
Between January 1 and September 4, 2018, Idaho southeastern health district, which includes Bannock County, had 268 chlamydia diagnoses, 49 gonorrhoea, and one syphilis case. During the same period in 2017, there were 253 chlamydia, 56 gonorrhoea, and four syphilis cases. There was only one HIV reported diagnosis in 2018; from Jan 1-Sep 18.
According to the CDC, chlamydia, and gonorrhoea were the most common sexually transmitted infections (STIs) reported between 2013 and 2017 in Idaho. It further revealed that by 2019, chlamydia cases had increased by 22% while those of gonorrhoea had gone up by 67% since 2014.
Idaho Department of Health and Welfare is focusing on measures to reduce the STI cases reported in the region. This includes initiatives like the HIV Prevention Program that aims at preventing the spread of HIV. There is also the HIV, STD, and Hepatitis Program that promotes STI prevention, testing and treatment interventions within the state.
To get tested for STIs in Pocatello, consider visiting the Southeastern Idaho Public Health. You can also head to the Planned Parenthood health center in Idaho.
Alternatively, you may find free STD testing services at some other clinics in Bannock County. However, the doctor may not be available for consultation and the tests might not cover all STIs.