Located in Fairfield County, making it a part of New York’s metropolitan area, the city of Danbury has a lot on the rise. Less exciting, some of those things are rates of sexually transmitted diseases.
In comparison to the rest of the US, Connecticut has low STD rates. However, since Danbury is part of the New York metropolitan area, its rates are a bit higher. Especially when compared to the rest of the state.
In 2017, there were 291 people living with HIV or AIDS in Danbury (the population of the city is just over 80,000).
In 2015, 224 people in Danbury were diagnosed with chlamydia. That’s a rate of 257 per 100,000 people. The rates of gonorrhea and primary and secondary syphilis were 35 and 2. While those aren’t terribly high, health officials in Fairfield County still hope the numbers will come down. Most STDs are preventable with condoms and other barrier methods. All sexually active people should be tested regularly, even if they are not experiencing symptoms. Most STDs are asymptomatic in the early stages, but if they’re left undetected and untreated, they can cause lasting health problems.
If you’re in Danbury, check out these affordable options for testing. Planned Parenthood on Main street offers STI screening for HIV, chlamydia, gonorrhea, syphilis, herpes, genital warts, bacterial vaginosis, and trichomoniasis. HIV testing is also available through AIDS Project Greater Danbury on West Street. They offer free STD testing for students every Wednesday at Western Connecticut State University’s health center.
To find the best services and location for you, use our search tools below to compare location features across Danbury clinics with our easy-to-read chart.