The tenth-largest city in the state of Massachusetts, Fall River, hasn’t managed to avoid the statewide trend of rising rates for sexually transmitted diseases. Though, the Fall River area has much lower new diagnoses than those of Boston to the north. Regardless, public health officials are hard at work raising awareness for sexual health and encouraging safe sex practices. Massachusetts actually ranked 10th lowest in the states for new chlamydia cases. Whether this is because of better condom use or lower testing occurrence remains to be seen.
In 2015, Bristol County reported 43 new cases of HIV. That’s a rate of 9 per 100,000 living in the Fall River area.
In 2014 it was 45 new cases, and in 2013 46 cases. These numbers suggest it’s holding steadily at that 9 per 100,000 people rates. If you’re at high risk of getting HIV, look into getting the PrEP vaccine. According to their 2017 report, Bristol County had a rate of 200 cases of chlamydia per 100,000 people. For gonorrhea, the rate was 47 per 100,000 people. Primary and secondary syphilis was noted at 6 cases per 100,000 people.
If you need to get tested in Fall River, you have several affordable options to consider. Citizens for Citizens Family Planning on Hanover Street offers screening for the following STIs: chlamydia, gonorrhea, hepatitis C, herpes, HIV, and syphilis. Your Options Medical on Main Street provides free, confidential information and referrals for testing for women. Two other options are located on President Avenue: MinuteClinic and Quest Diagnostics. Free STD testing might even be available on your Fall River Community calendar.
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