River Falls, WI, is a city in Pierce and St. Croix counties. Over the past few years, there has been a significant reduction in the number of HIV diagnoses in St. Croix County, with the prevalence rate halving from 30 in 2015 to 15 per 100,000 persons in 2020. A 39.4% drop in rate was reported in 2018 at 20 from 33 in the previous year.
Chlamydia infections showed an upward surge from 182 in 2016 to 253 per 100,000 individuals in the following year, followed by a gradual decrease to 200 in 2019.
Gonorrhea infections remained relatively constant at incidence rates of 13 per 100,000 persons in 2015 and 2016 and 19 in 2017, before escalating to 27 in 2019.
Syphilis infections showed fluctuations, with the incidence rate doubling from 5 in 2016 to 10 in the following year. However, St Croix County Public Health made laudable progress in reducing the spread of infections in the county to a rate of 2 per 100,000 individuals in 2019.
The Wisconsin HIV and STD programs, under the Wisconsin Department of Health Services, collaborates with the local health departments, including St Croix County Public Health, and adopt community-based partnerships to curb the spread of infections. The health department also runs the Wisconsin Integrated HIV Plan that links community members to appropriate resources, including scaling up access to PrEP, screening, and risk-reduction counseling.
Planned Parenthood – Woodbury Clinic, Hudson Physicians Urgent Care, and Hudson Hospital serve city dwellers with comprehensive STD/HIV screening services.
Some city hospitals provide free STD testing, but results might not be immediate, and you may have to cope with inconvenient testing hours.