The number of HIV infections has generally decreased over the years. From 30 reported cases in 2013 at a rate of 6.6, the number has reduced to 18 cases at a rate of 3.8 in 2017. In the same year, the male population had the highest HIV infections of 227, constituting a 59.5 percentage of the total infections in the population.
In 2013, Chlamydia infections in Tulare were at 2,335 at a rate of 516.6, and in 2017, the number increased to 2,575 at a rate of 544.1 with the infections being higher in the female population at 1,815 compared to 749 cases in the male population.
Additionally, there were 293 cases of Gonorrhea at a rate of 64.3 in 2013, and in 2017, the number had increased to 648 cases at a rate of 137.1. The incidence rate of Gonorrhoea infections was higher in the male population at 339 while the female population registered 307 cases.
There were 66 Syphilis cases at a rate of 53.3 in the year 2013. The number had increased to 166 at a rate of 101.8 in 2017.
The Tulare County Department of Health has scaled-up effective STI services including STI case management, screening, and counseling of populations at high risk of contracting the diseases.
For STD/HIV testing and treatment services, you may visit some of the health care centers in Tulare City.
Health centers like the Kaweah Delta Health Care District, Altura and Hillman Healthcare Center are some of the medical centers available that you may consider.
Free HIV/STD treatment is available in only some of the health centers in the area. So, you may have to queue for hours before receiving your test and even wait for more than a week to receive the results.