What are the STI test options in Billerica,MA?
The wicked cool town of Billerica is located in Middlesex County in Massachusetts. Resting on the banks of the Concord River, it is home to some 40,000 people and is currently experiencing an influx of STD and HIV diagnoses.
In fact, in the five-year period from 2012 to 2016, Billerica saw a 43% increase in its STD prevalence rate. During that same period, HIV prevalence rates saw a 7.1% increase as well.
Overall, cases of gonorrhea saw the greatest increase in their numbers with African American males between 20 and 24 continuing to lead the way. Among those new incidents of syphilis in Billerica, the largest increase was seen in congenital cases; those born with it.
“We have to get the people of Billerica and Middlesex County talking about STDs and HIV/AIDS. Lifting the shame is the first step to heading off an epidemic.”
For those in the Billerica area who are looking to get tested for STDs or HIV, there are a number of options. These may include urgent care centers and CVS’s MinuteClinic®.
Whether you are in Pinehurst, Riverdale, or River Pines, the Planned Parenthood clinic in Boston, Greater Boston Health Center, may offer these tests. It is a short drive and offers several health services.
Another option might be the Westford Public Health Department in nearby Westford, MA. Their website lists STD and HIV testing as possible services offered.
If the clinic you are considering offers free STD testing, it is important to consider the possible cons of this “free” service. First, this “free” testing may actually have hidden costs. Also, there may not be a doctor available for consultation or this might cost extra.
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- Please contact the individual public clinic to confirm pricing. Test pricing at public clinics many times depend on income and welfare eligibility.