Attleboro, MA, a city in Bristol County located a few miles west of Providence, RI, and less than 50 miles south of Boston, is in the midst of an STD outbreak that’s showing no signs slowing down.
In 2016, the county had 1,340 new cases of chlamydia. A year later, that number jumped to 1,759 and it’s not just chlamydia, gonorrhea is also on the rise. Between 2015 and 2016, the number of gonorrhea diagnoses nearly doubled from 255 to 401.
A 2016 report of new STD cases found Attleboro had the second highest rates in the state for chlamydia and gonorrhea. Massachusetts officials are concerned that the increase in dating apps and a decrease in residents that were alive during the AIDS crisis aren’t practicing safe sex.
Several locations provide comprehensive STD testing near Attleboro. Blackstone Valley Community Health Care’s Central Falls Medical Office on Chesnut St in neighboring Rhode Island is less than 10 miles from the city and is easy to find on the corner of Chesnut St and Broad St.
Also on Broad St in Central Falls is Progreso Latino Incorporated, which is located behind the Universal Church. Project Weber/RENEW, a Women’s Support Center in Pawtucket, RI, is on Goff Ave in the Blackstone Valley Community Center.
Nearby Miriam Hospital operates a Division of Infectious Diseases on the corner of Main St and 3rd St in Providence, RI.
Some of these facilities might offer free STD testing. However, many free locations don’t provide comprehensive STI screenings that cover most STDs and to qualify, most require proof of income.