Over the last 5 years, HIV infections in Middlesex County rose from 3,196 at a rate of 250 in 2014 to 3,657 at a rate of 271 in 2018. There were, however, low Syphilis infections among Middlesex residents over the years, and in 2016, the Syphilis incidence rate was reported to be at 10 percent per 100,000 persons.
Chlamydia infections have been rampant over the past few years, and according to the county health reports, the infection rates were 80 per 100,000 by the end of 2016 with the incidence rate remaining highest among adolescents and young adults.
A rising trend in Gonorrhoea infections was noted over the years in the county health reports. In 2016, the incidence rate of Gonorrhoea infections was 20 per 100,000 persons. Gonorrhea infections were most dominant among young adults aged 20 to 24.
A large number of the young population is vulnerable to STD/HIV infections, thus the focus of the Middlesex County Department of Health is advocating for a school-based initiative that will deliver HIV prevention interventions and comprehensive sexual education to teenagers who engage in high-risk behaviors.
STD/HIV services in Dracut city may be available in health care institutions such as the Circle Health Urgent Care and Planned Parenthood – Derry Health Center.
There are also other facilities like Lowell General Hospital Main Campus Emergency Department and Lowell Community Health Center that offer standard sexual health services.
Free STD testing is offered in some of the health care facilities, but you may have to pay an extra charge for doctor’s consultation. Additionally, results may be strictly delivered via phone call in some cases.