Fortunately, Boston reports low rates of STD cases. In order to maintain a trend below the national average sexually active adults should undergo routine testing and follow safe sex practices.
Boston sits in Suffolk County, which is the fourth most populated county in the state of Massachusetts. STD statistics throughout Suffolk County show just why caring for your health is so important.
In 2015 163 cases of HIV were reported, which is a rate of 24 per 100,000 people. The year 2016 saw 681 cases of gonorrhea were reported, for a rate of 87.5 per 100,000. And also in 2016 the reported cases of chlamydia reached 2,334 – or 300 per 100,000 people.
However, although Boston rates of STD cases are below the national average they are still on the rise.
Outreach programs and initiatives have been spreading to educate people on the importance of barrier method protections and frank discussions about sex between partners.
There are many testing site options in the city of Boston. BAGLY has a location on Beacon Street and Massachusetts General Hospital on Fruit Street offers a variety of testing options. From Bay Cove Human Services on Canal Street to North End Waterfront Health on Hanover Street.
Free STD testing is also available for those that qualify and the Boston Public Health Commission can provide you with all the details. Sliding scale fees are another option, simply request information when you contact them.