South Ogden is a city in Weber County under the jurisdiction of the Weber-Morgan Health District. Weber County’s public health administrators noticed an uptick in the rate of new HIV infections between 2016 and 2018. In 2016, new cases were recorded at a rate of 131 while the latter year of reference, the rate of infection was 142.
Syphilis diagnosis in the Weber-Morgan health district remained the same between 2016 and 2017, with each year having four cases recorded at 1.5 per cluster of 100,000 people.
Moreover, there was a decrease in the number of new Chlamydia infections reported between the same period, 2016 and 2017. A total of 910 cases were recorded in 2016 at a prevalence of 351.4 whereas 878 new cases were filed at the local health department in 2017 at a rate of 333.0 per 100,000 population.
Furthermore, an increase in Gonorrhea diagnoses between 2016 and 2017, whereby there were 212 cases in 2016 occurring at 81.9 per population cluster of 100,000 and 262 new infections in 2017 prevailing at a rate of 99.4 in every 100,000 people.
Local health departments inside the Weber-Morgan Health District are pushing hard to ensure that the number of HIV/STD incidences remain low.
The majority of public health officials implements state-run prevention strategies that encompass providing free and sterile syringes and needles for injecting drug users. They also advocate for increased screening services in public and private care centers and to reduce re-infection rates.
Hospitals serving patients in need of HIV/STD services in the Weber-Morgan district include the Weber-Morgan Health Department, Planned Parenthood – Ogden Health Center, South Ogden Family Medicine Ogden Clinic, South Ogden InstaCare, and Ogden Clinic Women’s Center at Ogden Regional Medical Center.
Some of the clinics may provide free STD testing but only to eligible clients. Also, other facilities may fail to offer prescription medications for positively diagnosed individuals.