Health officials are shocked by the rising STD rates in Brockton. Gonorrhea has shot up to three times the Massachusetts average. Syphilis also increased by 333% between 2013 and 2016.
Syphilis was under control in the US a short decade ago, but it made a comeback due to a decrease in condom use. The problem with gonorrhea is that there is only one medicine left that can treat it, and the strain is becoming resistant to it.
In 2016, Plymouth County’s HIV prevalence rate was 221.3 per 100K people, under the Massachusetts rate of 342.5. The same year, Plymouth County’s chlamydia rate was 322.7, in comparison to Massachusetts’s rate of 394.5.
The county’s gonorrhea and (primary and secondary) syphilis rates were 67.6 and 4.3.
The Brockton Neighborhood Health Center on Main St does HIV screening. Brockton Family Planning, on Torrey St, provides comprehensive STI testing and treatment. The C.O.P.E. Center provides low-cost STI services.
Keep an eye on the community calendar. You may be able to find free STD testing, especially during STD Awareness Month.