The City of Braintree, until recently the Town of Braintree, is a historic landmark in the South Shore area of Metropolitan Boston where Presidents John Adams and John Quincy Adams and Declaration of Independence signer John Hancock were all born.
As the town has grown to become a city in 2008, the surrounding area has experienced a growth in STD infection rates. The county of Norfolk as a whole has seen STD rates rise towards those of the nearby Boston area.
The Braintree area made the list of the list of top 15 worst counties in the state based on Chlamydia rate in 2013 and, in 2016’s statewide report, reported rates throughout the county of from 200 to over 500 cases of Chlamydia per 100,000 people.
The City of Braintree notes that it is concerned about the health and well being and encourages assessment and prevention of disease, including STDs. It considers these concerns a part of the quality of life in Braintree.
Public and low-income STD testing including free STD testing are limited within the City of Braintree. The area initiative Health Imperatives, however, provides reproductive services to individuals and families in need in nearby Brockton. Crowded clinic waiting areas and travel time for testing and review of results may make this an unattractive option, though.
The Braintree area has plenty of local private clinics and nearby outposts of major Boston hospitals nearby. Those who want to stay on top of their STD status and treatment may find that local private clinics offer more convenient STD testing and services right in their community.