Among New Hampshire’s counties, Hillsborough ranks as the region with the highest number of STDs, with Manchester and Nashua being the two STI hotbeds. The most common STDs reported were gonorrhea, chlamydia, and syphilis.
According to a 2014-2018 New Hampshire STD/HIV Surveillance Program, in 2014-2016, chlamydia cases in the county rose from 848 to 1,458. The figure reduced to 1,282 in 2017 before another increase to 1,331 in 2018.
On the other token, Hillsborough County documented a 31.3% increase in gonorrhea cases between 2017-2018, from 236 cases to 310. Over the five years (2014-2018), syphilis rates shot from 5.9 per 100,000 population to 12.0.
In the war against STDs and HIV, the “Let’s Stop HIV Together” program was created. It raises mass awareness, put a stop to the HIV stigma, and reduce the risk of transmission among high-risk groups. Thus, the initiative integrates various resources and stakeholders to end new HIV infections, stop the stigma, and promote testing and treatment.
If you live in Bedford, you can access STD/HIV testing services from the Manchester City Health Department STD clinic situated along Elm St. The clinic may provide testing services for gonorrhea, chlamydia, syphilis and HIV on an appointment basis.
Alternatively, you can visit the Nashua Community Health Department STD Specialty clinic situated on Mulberry St and the Planned Parenthood STD Center nestled at 24 Pennacook St.
Low-cost care or free STD testing centers may be available within the region. The problems with these clinics are that the opening and waiting times may be inconsistent, and people might know why you visited the clinics. Additionally, the prescriptions might not be available if your results turn positive or you might be charged for other STD tests.