In 2017, Strafford County reported 93 HIV infections at a rate of 86 per 100,000 individuals for persons aged 13 years and older. The infections escalated to 107 cases at a rate of 98 per 100,000 persons in 2018.
Chlamydia reported the majority of infections in 2018, with 486 infections at a rate of 377.9 per 100,000 population. The cases had plummeted from 2017 which recorded 488 infections at a rate of 379.4 per 100,000 persons. Female cases were prominent with a rate of 354.1 per 100,000 persons while male infections had a rate of 186.2 per 100,000 individuals.
In second place came Gonorrhea with 68 cases at a rate of 52.9 per 100,000 in 2018 which was a spiral from 2017 which recorded 41 cases at a rate of 31.9 per 100,000 population. Males had the highest cases, with a rate of 63.6 per 100,000 while females had a rate of 27.7.
Syphilis had the least number of infections, with 18 infections at a rate of 14.0 per 100,000 individuals in 2018. The infections had jacked up from 2017 which recorded 10 infections at a rate of 7.8 per 100,000 persons.
Strafford County has a New Hampshire Integrated HIV Prevention and Care Plan that aims at preventing new HIV infections and improving health outcomes. The program also strives to reduce HIV-related health disparities and allocate resources among HIV positive patients.
Residents may access STD testing services at the Planned Parenthood – Exeter Health Center and Joan G Lovering Health Center. Additionally, residents may also visit UNH Health & Wellness and Goodwin Community Health.
Some facilities in Rochester, NH, may offer free STD testing services, but you may have to endure long queues and waiting periods. You may also incur an extra cost for a doctor’s consultation.