Amesbury Town is a city in Essex County that has experienced a progressive increase in the number of individuals diagnosed with HIV. The county experienced a 26.0% increase in the HIV prevalence rates from 1,468 per 100,000 individuals to 1,850 in 2020.
Cases of Chlamydia infections in Amesbury Town increased from 25 in 2014 to 42 in 2018.
Gonorrhea infection rates in the city showed fluctuations with less than 5 cases recorded between 2014 and 2016. There was an escalation to 9 cases reported in 2017, followed by a slight decrease to 6 in 2018.
Total primary and secondary Syphilis infection rates in Essex county increased by 148% from 2.5 per 100,000 individuals recorded in 2012 to 6.2 in 2016.
In Amesbury, the public health department works with the Massachusetts Department of Health to provide access to sterile needles and syringes for injection drug users through the syringe services programs (SSPs) to substantially reduce the risk of HIV transmission. The department also assists with the Partner Services Program (PSP) and integrated testing and linkage services, including STD/HIV screening and counseling on drug abuse and irresponsible sexual behavior.
Several medical care facilities are located strategically in the Amesbury Town area to serve city residents with STD/HIV testing services. These include Planned Parenthood – Exeter Health Center, ConvenientMD Urgent Care, and Anna Jaques Hospital.
Some city clinics also offer free STD testing, but bookable appointments might not be an option, and eligibility for getting tested could be based on income and welfare.