Located in Norfolk County, Braintree is technically a city that is officially known as the Town of Braintree. It is also a community in the middle of an epic upswing in STD and HIV prevalence rates.
In fact, the Town of Braintree saw a more than 118% increase in this rate for STDs during the five year period from 2014 to 2018. During that same period, HIV prevalence rates also climbed by 27.4%.
This is in excess of the state rate of growth for these rates and shows no sign of slowing down in 2019. As a matter of fact, in the first half of this year, the STD rate has grown by 13.8% over what it was at the end of 2018.
“The amount of people in our small community with STDs has more than doubled since 2014. It is a health crisis that we must get a handle on today!”
From the Blue Hills Reservation to Weymouth Forte River and everywhere in between, the people of the Town of Braintree have a number of options for STD and HIV screening. These include the following public health centers which may offer these tests.
Manet Community Health Center offers the Snug Harbor Health Center on Bicknell Street in nearby Quincy. It may offer HIV and STD services, including screenings.
Planned Parenthood is another resource that often provides these sorts of tests. They have a location on Commonwealth Avenue in Boston, Greater Boston Health Center, that is roughly 12 miles from the Town of Braintree.
Finally, CVS MinuteClinic might provide STD and HIV screenings. They have a location on Grove Street in the Town of Braintree and another in Quincy on Southern Artery.
Some may offer free STD testing services however, these may not be comprehensive tests. Also, they may be offered at inconvenient times and have inconsistent wait times.