Once called Pawtuxet, the city of Cranston holds the center of the population for Rhode Island. The statewide cases of HIV reported in 2014 jumped by 33% and the rates of syphilis increased by a staggering 79%. Not to be outdone, gonorrhea rates rose by 30% as well. And those numbers only include reported cases. Between 2011-2015, newly diagnosed cases of HIV were at 10 per 100,000 in Cranston. Infectious syphilis was about 20 in every 100,000, gonorrhea at around 50 per 100,000, and chlamydia coming in over 300 per 100,000.
Health Department officials for Rhode Island hold “hook-up” apps, such as Tinder, partially responsible for these skyrocketing numbers.
The community of Cranston is rich with social outreach programs to try to combat these epidemic-level numbers. The Cranston area plans to continue their strategies of educating, testing, and treatments in order to keep their residents healthy and happy.
If you are in the Cranston area and need STI screenings or treatment, there are some affordable options available. Family Health Services on Cranston Street is open five days a week with evening and Saturday appointments upon request. They offer confidential STD screening and payment is based off your income using a sliding scale. There is also a Minute Clinic located over on Reservoir Avenue, they take walk-ins, but be prepared for a bit of a wait and there’s no guarantee you’ll be seen same day. For more options, or to search for free STD testing, your best bet is to journey into Providence.
To find the best services and location for you, use our search tools below to compare location features across Cranston clinics with our easy-to-read chart.