In 2016, the CDC issued an annual STD report that indicated record-high numbers of STI counts. The sexual health situation in Bristol County, MA, is no different, and county health officials are garnering for bolstered prevention efforts.
A CDC STD report issued in a MassLive News Article indicated that Bristol County recorded a 31.3% increase in chlamydia incidences between 2015 and 2016, resulting in a total count of 1,759 cases. Over the same period, gonorrhea incidences jumped from 225 to 401; a 78.2% increase.
Additionally, 25 persons were newly diagnosed with syphilis in 2016, with a prevalence rate of 4.5. A year previously, new HIV cases totaled 43 with a rate of 9.0.
The Community Council of Bristol County (CCBC) strived to provide an integrated care plan that aims to offer quality healthcare services for PLWH. It provides case management services and housing opportunities and has served over 130 persons living with the virus.
Getting tested allows you to know your sexual health status, after which you can access treatment services if need be. You may get tested at the Planned Parenthood Health Center located along Commonwealth Ave, Boston.
Alternatively, you may visit the Citizens for Citizens (CFC) Family Planning Medical Clinic along Hanover St, Ste 2E. Another CFC Family Planning Center lies on Taunton Green. The clinics might provide testing, screening, and treatment for HIV and STDs, including herpes and Hep C.
Other clinics within Easton may render low-cost or free STD testing. However, everyone might know why you visited a particular clinic and these medical centers may not test all STDs. Also, you may have to wait for long hours for test results.