In 2015, 852 people were living with HIV in Pinal County and approximately 40 people are newly diagnosed each year in the county. In San Tan Valley the demographics most at risk of contracting HIV are men who engage in male-to-male sexual contact and those in inject drugs.
Chlamydia and Gonorrhea are the most prevalent STDs in Pinal County and San Tan Valley and there were 1,400 cases of Chlamydia and almost 450 cases of Gonorrhea in 2017 alone.
Data shows that 50 percent of those diagnosed with an STD in San Tan Valley have no symptoms, which has led health officials to suggest that all sexually active individuals should get tested, regardless of whether or not they experience symptoms.
Health officials in Pinal County have implemented a number of tactics that aim to increase STD awareness, educate residents, and limit the spread of HIV and other STDs. Examples of these tactics include posting more disease-awareness messages on the Pinal County social media pages and improving the accessibility and affordability of STD tests.
The number of HIV, Chlamydia, and Syphilis cases are increasing in San Tan Valley. If you need to get tested there are a number of public testing centers in the area including the Pinal County Public Health Services District (San Tan Valley Clinic), Sun Life Family Health Center (Coolidge Clinic), and Gila River Health Care (Hu Hu Kam Memorial Hospital).
Many public clinics offer free STD and HIV tests, but some clinics have requirements such as patient income. There are also private clinics available.