Residents diagnosed with the deadly HIV in Somerton, AZ, in Yuma County rose from 181 in 2015 at a rate of 115 in 2015 to 193 at a rate of 118 in 2017. The increasing trend continued through to 2019 as there were 263 people diagnosed with the virus that results in AIDS at an increased rate of 159.
The city also had 920 Chlamydia cases reported in 2014 at a rate of 457.3, going up to 1,228 infections in 2017 at a rate of 597.
Gonorrhea reported a prevalence of 122 cases in 2014 that almost doubled to 240 cases in 2017 at 60.6 in 2014 and 116.7 in 2017.
People infected with Primary and Secondary Syphilis cases were 0 in 2014, but in 2017, the number had escalated to 25, indicating increased irresponsible sexual behaviors in the county.
Through the HIV Prevention Program, Yuma County Health Department has ensured that HIV/STD testing is accessible for county residents. It also links persons who turn out positive to immediate care and treatment to stop the county’s spread of infections. The health department creates STD/HIV testing, counseling, and treatment awareness through community outreach programs, youth forums, and workshops.
Free STD testing may be available in some clinics, but it may come with disadvantages, such as booking appointments and paying for the doctor’s consultation.
You can opt to visit Planned Parenthood – Yuma Health Center and PrimeCare Urgent Care Yuma to access the available sexual health services. Other hospitals you can consider walking in for STD/HIV testing and screening include Yuma Regional Medical Center.