The Marathon County Board of Health will continue to partner with the Aspirus Wausau Family Medicine and provide HIV/STD screening to county jail inmates.
John Robinson, County Supervisor and Board chair, said the program is keeping the county’s requirements of ensuring inmates are healthy. According to Robinson, the board believes the program is making a significant and positive impact on the area and will continue to do so.
The Health and Human Services Committee will now review the recommendation.
said the program also offers education to inmates on how to protect
themselves, the various treatments available and the vaccinations
offered. He said the program goes beyond the requirements the county
has imposed on people who test positive for an STD and looks to
decrease the speed at which the diseases spread.
Health Board said more than 210 inmates had been tested for STDs in
2017, with 176 tested for HIV. These numbers have been climbing the
past three years.
The county’s budgeting process is evaluating the program’s effectiveness.
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Sexually transmitted diseases (STD) are caused by a variety of microorganisms. These agents cause genital tract infections that are often overlooked due to the absence of specific symptoms. The silent nature of these infections can prevent early diagnosis and delay possible treatment. Lack of symptoms will also facilitate disease transmission from to person to person or to the fetus during pregnancy. The availability of effective vaccines may effectively reduce the risk of contracting an STD and enhance existing prevention programs.