New positive tests for HIV/STDs continue to rise in Connecticut. Among the majorly affected areas include Hartford County. Chlamydia, HIV, gonorrhea, and syphilis lead when it comes to STD counts.
According to the CT Department of health, Hartford County reported 1,689 chlamydia incidences by September 2017. That made the infection the leading STD in the county, with many diagnoses occurring among women. On the other hand, the county recorded 415 new cases of gonorrhea.
Additionally, a 2018 health report by County Health Rankings & Roadmaps, Hartford was second after New Haven when it came to HIV cases. The county recorded 2,815 HIV incidences of the infection in 2015.
The Connecticut HIV Planning Consortium (CHPC) strives to create a statewide HIV/AIDS prevention plan. The program hopes to intervene by providing primary HIV care without discrimination. Also, it ensures a sense of urgency in dealing with HIV to reduce its impact on the community.
It’s easy to know your status because there are several STD care clinics around Farmington. They include the Hartford Department of Health and Human Services STD clinic situated at 131 Coventry St. The medical center may provide confidential STD testing for chlamydia, syphilis, HIV, gonorrhea, herpes, and Hep C.
Other clinics include the Planned Parenthood (Southern New England Clinic) nestled at 26 Women’s Way, Meriden; the Community Health Services situated at 500 Albany Ave, and the First Choice Centers set at 100 Connecticut Blvd.
Some local clinics in Farmington may provide free STD testing. The disadvantages of these clinics are that they may open at inconvenient times, and results may not be expedited immediately.