HIV infections remain a crucial public health concern in Canton, a town in Norfolk County. A rising trend was noted by the County Department of Health reports with the infections gaining from 927 at a rate of 164 in 2014 to 1,016 at a rate of 174 in 2017.
Chlamydia infections multiplied rapidly over the years and were pervasive among the female population. By the end of 2016, county health reports noted that 202 individuals per 100,000 persons in the county had Chlamydia infections.
Gonorrhea cases were mostly identified among persons aged 15 to 30 years, and the county health reports indicated a fluctuating trend of the infections. In 2016, the rate of individuals infected with Gonorrhea was 50 per 100,000 persons.
Syphilis infections were significantly lower compared to other STIs, and the rate was 15 per 100,000 in 2016.
Norfolk County Department of Health has increased the accessibility and utilization of condoms as a measure of reducing the number of HIV/STI infections in the county. Other measures put in place include providing clean needles among persons who inject drugs, increasing the availability of PrEP and PEP, and encouraging individuals infected with HIV/STDS to seek early treatment and to adhere to the prescriptions and medications.
Canton town residents may access STD/HIV testing and treatment from health centers such as the SMG at New England Sinai Hospital or the Boston Medical Center. Other health centers near Canton town that provide sexual health services include the Partners Urgent Care – Canton and the Planned Parenthood – Greater Boston Health Center.
Some clinics in Canton town may provide free STD testing, but walk-in options might not exist, and a doctor’s consultation may not be available.