Chicopee, MA is a beautiful historic community in the Springfield, MA Metropolitan Area. However, there is a hidden danger that threatens the community. Syphilis cases have been on the rise in Hamden County, nearly doubling since 2011. Other STD rates have also been on the rise including chlamydia, gonorrhea, and HIV.
Of the major sexually transmitted diseases, chlamydia is the most common. In 2016 there were 2,262 cases alone. According to the CDC, this presents a major health crisis because, if left untreated, it can cause permanent or serious damage to a woman’s reproductive system.
According to the CDC, statistics on STDs can be misleading because they only represent the number of known cases. This means that the number of cases is actually much higher than represented by the numbers.
Many STDs do not cause symptoms in the early stages and the only way to know if you have one is to get tested at a local Chicopee clinic. Residents may be able to obtain STD testing and resources at Planned Parenthood in nearby Springfield. There are also free or low-cost clinics located throughout neighborhoods in Springfield for residents who qualify.
In some public clinics that offer free STD testing, physician consultation might require an extra fee, if a physician is available at the location. In addition, not all clinics will accept all payment methods or services may be dependent on income eligibility requirements. It is important to find a clinic that offers private and confidential consultations and testing services.