The rate of HIV infections in Marathon County, home to Wausau city, rose to 51 cases in 2019 from the 44 cases that were reported back in 2015 at a rate of 39 per 100,000 persons.
Chlamydia infections were dominant in the city in comparison to the other STIs. The infections soared from 292 at a rate of 222 in 2012. They reached a notable high of 363 at a rate of 277 in 2017 with the female populations having the highest rate of infections at a rate of 387.
An escalation of Gonorrhoea infections was noted over the last 6 years. In 2012, there were 16 Gonorrhea cases at a rate of 12, while in 2017, the number had increased to 48 cases at a rate of 37 per 100,000 persons.
Syphilis infections were significantly low as indicated by the health reports. The total number of infections was 5 at a rate of 4 in 2012, while in 2017, only 4 infections were reported at a rate of 3 percent.
The Marathon County Department of health has improved the availability of free condoms in order to combat the high STD infections. The DOH has involved local community organizations, STD clinics, and other stakeholders to help in condom distribution for people at high risk of becoming infected.
STD/HIV services are available in several health care facilities like North Central Health Care and Community Corner center.
Other options available in the city include Planned Parenthood – Wisconsin Rapids Health Center and Wausau Manor Health Services for sexual health services.
Free STD/HIV testing may not be offered in some of the facilities. If they are though, doctor consultation might be at an extra charge. Since only STD/HIV services are offered in such clinics, everyone is going to know why you are there.