Shelby County reported 29 HIV infections at a rate of 72 per 100,000 people in 2018. The infections had hiked up from 2017 which reported 21 cases at a rate of 53 per 100,000 people.
Syphilis cases were 79 at a rate of 8.5 per 100,000 people in 2014. In 2015, these infections escalated to 106 at a rate of 11.3 per 100,000 people. Male cases were the majority with 96 infections at a rate of 21.5 per 100,000 infections and 10 cases at a rate of 2 per 100,000 for female infections in 2015.
In 2013, Chlamydia infections were 8,109 at a rate of 874.1 per 100,000 people. These infections slightly increased to 8,122 cases at a rate of 865.8 per 100,000 people in 2014.
Female cases were predominant with 5,694 infections at a rate of 1,157.7 per 100,000 people and 2,428 infections at a rate of 544.1 per 100,000people for male infections in 2014.
Gonorrhea reported 2,582 infections at a rate of 275.2 in 2015.
Sidney-Shelby County Health Department inaugurated Health Education and Disease Prevention Program to assist its residents. It renders services such as counseling, educational campaigns, STD testing, and screening, as well as STD treatment.
In order to access STD testing, Sidney residents may visit Sidney-Shelby County Health Department and Wilson Memorial Hospital. Other available options are the Marion County Health Department and Planned Parenthood Springfield Health Center.
Free STD testing may not be available for all STDs. An extra fee may be charged for a doctor’s consultation. Also, free services may only be restricted to persons that come from specified minor groups like the LGBTQ community in some cases.