A sharp increase in the number of HIV infections was noted in Dedham, Norfolk County. The infections surged from 927 at a rate 164 in 2014 to 1,235 at a rate of 209 in 2018.
The rate of Syphilis infections was 8 per 100,000 persons. The infections were predominant in males compared to females.
The overall rate of Chlamydia cases rose over the years with 300 per 100,000 persons infected in 2017. Chlamydia infections were rampant among youths aged 20 to 30 years.
There was a fluctuation in the number of Gonorrhea infections over the years, and in 2017, the rate of the infections was 40 per 100,000 persons.
Some of the approaches the Norfolk County Department of Health have put in place to reduce the number of HIV/STI infections in the county include expanding the 4th generation technology that provides results in few minutes, expanding outreach screening to cover both HIV and all types of STIs as well as providing intensive training to sexual health providers.
AFC Urgent Care Dedham and Planned Parenthood – Greater Boston Health Center are some of the clinics in Dedham town that offer STI/HIV screening, testing, and treatment. Other clinics include Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital Needham and New England Baptist Outpatient Care Center.
You may access free STD testing in some of the hospitals, but some of the STDs tests may not be free, and the STD clinics may have a very high patient volume due to the large demand for the services.