In the previous years, Burrillville, RI, a town in Providence County, experienced a spike in HIV/STD infections. According to the county’s health report, HIV infections were inconsistent, with 1,655 cases in 2015, which rose to 1,863 in 2018, followed by a decline to 1,751 in 2020.
Public health report indicates that Chlamydia infections were predominant among young people in the county. The number of persons diagnosed with
Chlamydia cases hiked from 3,423 at a rate of 546.2 in 2015 to 4,400 at 696.8 in 2019.
According to surveillance reports, Gonorrhea cases rose from 482 at a rate of 76.9 in 2015 to 1,271 at a rate of 201.3 in 2019.
The number of people diagnosed with Syphilis in Burrillville, RI, was 97 at a rate of 15.5 in 2015. By the end of 2019, the infections had reached a high of 176 at a rate of 27.9.
To eradicate HIV/STD cases in Providence County, public health leaders and their teams mobilize to change behaviors and find recent infectious contacts to prevent the spread of STD/HIV infections in the county. Through social marketing, including texting, they ensure young persons aged 18 to 24 years can be reached to be informed about the STD epidemic and resources available.
Planned Parenthood – Providence Health Center and North Smithfield Urgent Care are strategically located within Burrillville, RI, to offer HIV/STD services. Other medical facilities include Milford Regional Medical Center and Harrington HealthCare.
There are plenty of clinics that may offer free STD testing in the county. However, doctor consultation might not be available when needed, and speaking to a physician may be uncomfortable.