Auburn, MA, is a town in Worcester County, a county that registered a drop in new HIV infections between 2014 and 2015. A total of 45 new cases were recorded at a prevalence rate of 6.5 in every 100,000 individuals in 2014, whereas 43 were recorded in the following year at a rate of 6.2 per 100,000 population.
Despite that, the number of new Syphilis infections doubled between 2014 and 2016. In this context, public health administrators in the county tabulated 23 new infections in 2014 at a rate of 2.8 and 47 diagnoses in 2016, happening at a rate of 5.7.
There were 249 individuals diagnosed with Gonorrhea in 2014 at a prevalence rate of 30.6, 183 in 2015 at a rate of 22.3, and in 2016, the number had reached 298 at a rate of 36.4.
Moreover, there was a significant upward growth noted in the number of new Chlamydia cases diagnosed in 2015 and 2016. In this case, 2,189 newly-diagnosed patients were reported in 2015 at an incidence rate of 267.3, whereas 2016 had 2,582 cases occurring at a rate of 315.3.
The county’s public health department strives to reduce the HIV/STD burden in the county by developing strategies that ensure optimum utilization of prevention-oriented funds from the Health Resources and Services Administration and the Massachusetts Department of Public Health. Such strategies incorporate improving syringe exchange efficiency, condom distribution, partner notification, testing, and treatment programs.
To receive HIV/STD services, you can visit CareWell Urgent Care Worcester Greenwood St, Planned Parenthood – Central Massachusetts Health Center, the Saint Vincent Medical Group: Auburn, and the West Boylston Board of Health.
Free STD testing may be accessible, but only to those who qualify based on income and welfare eligibility requirements. Additionally, some clinics may offer services exclusively on an appointment basis.