Originally called Texas Siding, Thornton Idaho is a township located in Madison County. According to 2016 health ranking data, Madison had 13 recorded Chlamydia cases at a rate of 34.7 per 100000. This was a decrease from the previous years’ 19 recorded cases at a prevalence rate of 51 per 100000.
In the year 2015, Madison County reported a total of 100 Gonorrhea cases. The number increased two folds in 2017 with total number of cases hitting 240. Syphilis cases on the other hand recorded 9 cases in 2017, an increase from the zero cases reported between 2013 and 2016.
County officials acknowledged that STDs were on an increase both at a national level and state level and Thornton was not an exception, with the effects hitting the town hard.
“A lot is happening in social media over the last few years. People are using dating apps which is anonymous. People end up meeting up with people who they don’t have an idea about in terms of HIV or STD status” Rebecca Sanders, Infectious Disease Coordinator for the Health Department Madison County
STDs can cause serious health consequences if left untreated. Thornton residents are encouraged to know their HIV and STD status. Plenty of public and private options are available.
Some of the public testing facilities may offer free STD testing though bookable appointments may not be an option and doctor’s consultation might come at an extra charge.
You can visit Southeastern Idaho Public Health which offers Chlamydia, Gonorrhea and Syphilis test. You can also visit Allies Linked for the Prevention of HIV and AIDS and Family Medicine Health Center (Fort Street Clinic) which offer similar tests.