In 2018, there were 140 HIV cases in Porter County, home to Valparaiso city. Generally, the number and the rate of the HIV infections has risen from 2014 when 110 infections at a rate of 80 were reported.
The numbers and rate of Chlamydia infections escalated from 366 at a rate of 220.8 in 2012 to 433 at a rate of 258.3 in 2016. The infections were highest among the young female population aged 20 to 25 years.
The county health reports noted a stable rate in Gonorrhea infections over the years. There were 48 infections at a rate of 29.0 reported in 2012, and in 2016, there was a small increment to 49 at a rate of 29.2. There were, however, no reported Syphilis infections from 2012 to 2016.
The Porter County Department of Health County has incorporated psychosocial support activities into all HIV prevention programs. The activities include individual and group activities that are designed to promote and enhance social competence and community engagement.
CareEXPRESS Urgent Care and Planned Parenthood – Merrillville Health Center are some of the medical centers in Valparaiso city where residents may access HIV/STD services.
Residents who prefer low-cost treatment services may opt for Valparaiso Medical Center and Glendale Medical Center.
Free STD testing services may be offered in some of the medical facilities, but such tests are only available during specific times of the month. Since the facilities offering such services are limited in number, waiting times might be quite long due to the large patient volumes.