STD cases in Worcester County have become rampant, and health officials warn of an even worse infectious-disease situation of further efforts toward prevention are not underway. The alarming transmission rates have elicited the need and importance of getting tested.
According to the CDC, between 2002 and 2015, chlamydia rates had increased by 97%. In 2015, Worcester recorded 2,171 chlamydia cases as compared to 2,696 cases reported in 2016. Additionally, 200 new diagnoses of gonorrhea and 65 incidences of syphilis were also filed.
However, in 2017, the prevalence rates of the three STIs had increased, with 2,733 new chlamydia incidences. Recorded incidences of gonorrhea and syphilis were 720 and 82 incidences respectively.
Since 1987, The AIDS Project Worcester (APW) has contributed significantly in the fight against HIV. The project aims to provide the community with HIV education, AIDS case management, an initiative aimed at providing non-medical support to the infected population. It hopes to achieve zero HIV levels through education, advocacy, and medical services.
Many health clinics are located within the county, and you can visit them for sexual health services. The Family Health Center of Worcester, Inc. situated along Queen Street is an example. Another testing site is the Worcester Evening Free Medical Service Program, which is located on Salisbury Street.
Moreover, you can visit the Planned Parenthood Clinic set on Pleasant Street, which specializes in women’s general health, STD screening and treatment, and linkage to abortion care.
Free STD testing may be available in other nearby clinics. However, your privacy isn’t guaranteed, and limited test options depending on doctor availability.