Bristol County is amongst regions in Rhode Island experiencing a surge in reported STD cases. In 2017, at a prevalence rate of 80 per 100,000 people, 34 residents aged 13 years and above were reported to have an HIV diagnosis, and the number rose to 38 in 2018 at a prevalence rate of 89 in every 100,000 persons.
In 2017, Chlamydia cases reported were the highest amongst other STDs, with a frequency of 84 at a rate of 171.7 per 100,000 population, and the infections hiked to 116 at a rate of 235.6 in 2018.
The frequency of Gonorrhea cases also rose from 22 at a rate of 45.0 per 100,000 individuals in 2017 to 31 at a rate of 63.0 in 2018. Infectious Syphilis had the lowest frequency of 6 new cases at a rate of 12.3 per 100, 000 population, and later decreased to 1 new infection at a rate of 2.0 in 2018.
Rhode Island Department of Health works to curb the recurring escalation of new STD instances through implementing various services and programs. The RI-Federally Assisted Benefit Program enables residents to receive health care at a minimal or no price while the AIDS Drug Assistance Program caters to some or all medical bills of PLWHA.
Some medical facilities you may get STD screening services include Seven Hills Foundation, Providence Community Health Centers Incorporated – Chafee Health Center, and Planned Parenthood – Providence Health Center of Providence. AIDS Care Ocean State and AIDS Project Rhode Island are other clinics that avail STD testing and treatment.
You may receive free STD testing at some facilities. However, doctors might not be available on-site or via phone, and the services may be based on your income or family size.