The county’s public health department reported a drop in HIV infection rates from 3,093 per 100,000 population in 2016 to 2,851 per group of 100,000 residents in 2020 in Windsor Locks, CT, a town in Hartford County.
The county’s infectious disease surveillance team noted an escalation in the incidence rate of new STD infections.
Chlamydia cases reduced from 4,234 in 2016 to 3,907 in 2017. By the end of 2019, 4,524 new infections had been reported.
On the other hand, the number of Gonorrhea diagnoses identified shot up from 862 in 2016 to 1,696 in 2017. However, 1,449 diagnoses were reported in 2019.
Past that, public health administrators recorded a rise in Syphilis diagnoses from 46 cases in 2016 to 55 in 2017. At the end of 2019, a drop to 54 cases was recorded.
Even though Hartford County Department of Health managed to lower the incidence rate of new HIV infections, its public health officials still continue to distribute informational pamphlets on HIV/STDs, testing and treatment sites, and PrEP/PEP to prevent further spread. The county’s health department also equips health care providers with the CDC PrEP Clinical Practice Guidelines to help reduce the risk of HIV infection in vulnerable individuals such as MSM and the youth.
To access HIV/STD screening and treatment, you may visit the Planned Parenthood – Hartford North Health Center. Other facilities that may offer comprehensive sexual health care services include Hartford HealthCare-GoHealth Urgent Care and the Rockville General Hospital.
You may find free STD testing in some clinics, but the tests may not be comprehensive. In case you test positive, you need to be aware that after-test care might not be available.