Burlington town in Middlesex County, MA, has experienced a significant rise in the number of STD epidemics in recent years. Since 2015, chlamydia increased by 21%, with 5,250 cases reported to the CDC in 2017, compared to the 4,152 cases reported in 2015.
Primary and secondary syphilis case levels are also substantial, with 121 residents of Middlesex County reporting syphilis in 2017, a rate of 7.6 per 100,000 people. With only 48 cases of syphilis reported in 2012, sexual health has been declining in Middlesex County.
As of 2018, 3,879 residents of Middlesex County were living with HIV with an average rate of 8.4 residents per year diagnosed between 2016 and 2018. 74% of those diagnosed were male, with male-to-male sexual contact considered responsible for 48% of all diagnoses.
As Middlesex County has such a significant number of persons living with HIV/AIDS, the County Health Department provides several support initiatives to help those affected by HIV, including the Housing Opportunity for Persons with AIDS.
In addition to providing support initiatives for people affected long-term by HIV-positive diagnoses, there are several STD clinics in and around Burlington that provide short-term relief from the symptoms of sexually transmitted diseases. One such option is the AFC Urgent Care on Middlesex Turnpike.
Alternative options are offered by the Cambridge Health Alliance, at its clinics on Massachusetts Ave and Highland Ave in nearby Cambridge and Somerville respectively.
For those looking for low-cost services, some clinics might offer free STD testing. However, these clinics may not provide prescription treatments if the test comes back positive, and doctor consultations might also cost extra.