St. Helens is the county seat of Columbia County. The county depicted a constant trend in HIV infection rates between 2018 and 2019. Both years recorded an incidence rate of 54 per 100,000 population. On the contrary, the county health department reported an incidence rate of 51 in 2020.
The county’s department recorded a reduction in the number of new Chlamydia infections. Public health officials reported 160 cases at a rate of 308.3 in 2018 from 186 infections in 2017 that occurred at an incidence rate of 362.3.
On the other hand, Gonorrhea diagnosis rates decreased from 72.1 in 2017 recorded amongst 37 new cases to 55.9, happening among the 29 new infections reported in 2018.
Columbia County’s public health surveillance team registered an increase in the number of new Early Syphilis infections. Only two cases were reported in 2017 while 2018 had double the number of new infections.
Even though the health department administrators have managed to maintain relatively low HIV infection rates, the county’s public health officials have been focusing on improving access to condoms and prevention education, targeting high-risk groups. The county’s public health care providers also partner with and support private and non-governmental institutions in providing HIV/STD services.
You may access free STD testing in some of the clinics in St. Helens, but prescriptions for after test care may not be available if you’ve tested positive. Additionally, bookable appointments may not be an option.
If you need HIV/STD screening and treatment options, you may visit the Planned Parenthood – NE Portland Health Center. Other facilities offering comprehensive sexual health care include Legacy Urgent Care-St. Helens and Columbia Health Services.