Abington is a town in Plymouth County. Public health officials within the county reported the same number of new HIV infections between 2014 and 2015. Both years had 32 diagnoses recorded at 7.4 per 100,000 population and 7.5 in every 100,000 residents, respectively.
Besides that, there was a slight increase in the number of Syphilis infections between 2015 and 2016. In this context, in 2015, the county’s public health representatives tabulated 15 cases at a rate of 2.9, whereas in the following year, 22 new infections were reported at a rate of 4.3.
Additionally, a similar trend was observed regarding the occurrence of new Gonorrhea infections, according to data collected in 2014 and 2016. In the former year, 216 diagnoses were happening at a rate of 42.6, whereas in 2016, public health data indicated that 345 new cases were prevailing at a rate of 67.6.
Furthermore, there was a significant upward development in the rate of new Chlamydia infections between 2015 and 2016. Here, 1,362 cases were reported in 2015 at a rate of 266.9 and 1,647 in 2016 at an incidence rate of 322.7.
Plymouth County’s public health department has relied on funds from the HRSA and the Massachusetts Department of Health to provide HIV/STD services. Their focus has been on improving the efficiency of syringe and needle exchange programs, PrEP navigator initiatives, drug overdose education programs, and partner services for the positively diagnosed.
For linkage to comprehensive and affordable screening and treatment of HIV/STDs, you can visit Brockton Family Planning, Health Express, Planned Parenthood – Greater Boston Health Center, or the Abington Health Board.
While free STD testing may be available, you may have to pay a small fee for other tests in some clinics. Also, for such tests, some clinics may lack multiple payment options.