Being the smallest city in densely populated Providence County, Central Falls, RI reported 1,762 HIV infections at 329 in 2017 that gradually increased to 1,863 in 2018.
Chlamydia accounted for 4,121 new infections at a rate of 646.6 in 2018, which was a rise from the previous 3,875 infections at a rate of 608 in 2017.
Gonorrhea was also going up as 2017 had 855 infections at a rate of 134.1 that surged to 11,13 infections at a rate of 174.6 in 2018. On the other hand, there were 108 identified Syphilis cases in 2017 that went up to 146 in 2018.
The high STD/HIV prevalence in the city was due to an increase in irresponsible sexual behaviors, such as unsafe sex with multiple sexual partners unaware of their status.
Providence County Department of Health strives to reduce and prevent the STD occurrences in the County and understands that testing is the first step in eradicating STDs because residents without knowledge of their sexual status are great transmitters. For that reason, the County encourages people to get tested by providing mobile testing centers and creating awareness on the importance of HIV/STD testing to individuals’ health.
Since testing is the first step to reducing STD/HIV prevalence in Central Falls, RI, some clinics and infirmaries offer free STD testing, but prescriptions for after test care might not be available if you’ve tested positive. You may also have to exercise patience as results might not be immediate.
If you are concerned about your STD/HIV status, you can access testing, screening, care, and treatment in medical clinics, such as Planned Parenthood- Providence Health Center and Armistice Urgent Care. You can also opt for Sturdy Memorial Hospital and Rhode Island Hospital, which also offer sexual health services.