According to recent health data for Port Angeles, a city in Clallam County, the HIV/STD infections have gone up. From the reported cases, MSMs and IDUs were among the most affected. For instance, in 2017, HIV cases were three, but in 2018, they increased to five.
Women, especially those in the 15 to 29 age group, made up the most Chlamydia cases from 2012 to 2014. In 2012, the city had 172 cases at 238.9; the cases fell to 162 at 223.5 in 2014.
Gonorrhea incidences has been an increase. in 2012, there were two cases, which shot up to 13 at 17.5 cases in 2014.
On the other hand, Syphilis, which had zero cases in 2012, had 1 case in 2014.
Increased mobile medical services in the county’s remote areas and county-wide HIV/STD testing and screening drives are some of the actions the Clallam County Health Department has taken to contain the infections. Partner notification services are also offered by the health department’s medical agencies to identify drug-injecting or sex partners and inform them of their exposure to ensure they receive testing, counseling, and referrals services.
Planned Parenthood- Port Angeles Health Center, OMP Walk-in Clinic- Urgent care, and Olympic Medical Center are some medical centers in Port Angeles offering HIV/STD services inclusive of testing, screening, and treatment.
There are clinics in the city that offer free STD testing services, but the tests may not be comprehensive, and some of the tests are painful, uncomfortable, and invasive.