According to the Kandiyohi County Department of Health, the dramatic increase in HIV cases in Willmar city, the county seat of Kandiyohi County, was due to a reduction in federal spending to address the viral infection. HIV cases rose from 16 at a rate of 46 in 2014 to 23 at a rate of 66 in 2018.
The 142 Chlamydia cases at a rate of 336 reported in 2018 indicated an outbreak of the bacterial infection more so in the female population. The county health reports also noted a total of 30 Gonorrhea infections at a rate of 71 per 100,000 people in 208.
Syphilis infections were almost exclusively among males more so in men who have sex with men. The cases have been growing slowly over the years, and by the end of 2018, the rate of the infections was at 9.2 per 100,000 individuals.
Kandiyohi County Department of Health’s strategy to lower HIV/STD infection rates in the county involves harmonizing Ryan White services with health care systems to reach people from the low-income community living with HIV infections and ensuring all county residents have access to regular STD screening at low to free cost.
Wilmar city has some clinics that provide free STD testing, but the tests may not include risk reduction counseling, and multiple methods of payments might not be available.
You may check your sexual health by visiting Carris Health – Willmar Main Clinic or Planned Parenthood – Willmar Clinic, which are some of the hospitals located at the heart of the city. Carris Health – Rice Memorial Hospital and Kandiyohi County Health and Human Services are some of the options you can explore for reproductive health matters.