Dartmouth, MA is a small town located on New England’s scenic farm coast. It’s also an historic town, being the first area of Southern Massachusetts that was settled all the way back in 1650.
Yes, there’s a lot of history in Dartmouth, MA: this was the town where the Jack Russell terrier was first bred, and as the city’s many well-kept dog parks will attest to, it’s still a very popular spot for pet lovers. Another important historical event took place in 1939 when a young Prince Phillip first publicly met the future Queen Elizabeth while he as studying at the British Royal Naval College. The BNRC is located at Port Dartmouth on the River Dart.
Another major educational institution located in Dartmouth, MA is the The University of Massachusetts Dartmouth. Young university students face particular risks, with an elevated risk of sexually transmitted disease being one very notable type of risk.
In Bristol county where Dartmouth, MA is located, in 2016 there were 315.9 cases of chlamydia per 100,000 residents and 72 cases of Gonorrhea per 100,000 individuals.
Young adults are especially vulnerable to STDs, and this includes those studying at Umass Dartmouth
Umass Dartmouth health services offers STD testing services to students. Under Massachusetts state law, all matriculated students need to have comprehensive health insurance, and this will cover the cost of STD testing.
For those in Dartmouth, MA that aren’t studying at the University, St. Luke’s hospital in nearby New Bedford is another facility that can provide STD diagnosis services.
AFC Urgent Care New Bedford also provides testing by appointment or even on a walk-in basis, and they may be able to provide low cost payment plans for those without insurance. On occasion, AFC will run mobile clinics throughout Dartmouth and the surrounding areas.
Mobile clinics may offer free STD testing, but given their public nature and the long line-ups that occur, there is less confidentiality than what you’d find at a conventional clinic setting.