STD rates are up in many regions across the country, including the MetroWest community of Framingham, MA.
2016 STD rate reports show a steady increase in reported chlamydia, gonorrhea, and syphilis cases throughout Middlesex County, including Framingham. Reports from 2016 show that there were 4,729 reported cases of chlamydia in 2016, up from 4,152 cases in 2015. In addition, there were 175 more reported cases of gonorrhea, as rates rose from 702 cases in 2015 to 877 cases in 2016.
Syphilis rates, including primary and secondary syphilis, as well as early latent and congenital syphilis, also rose from 148 reported cases in 2015 to 229 reported cases in 2016.
CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) statistics show that HIV rates in Middlesex County rose from 119 reported cases in 2016 to 141 cases in 2017.
STD testing centers are limited in Framingham, MA, but there are some public centers, such as Program RISE that may offer STD and HIV testing. There are also numerous private physicians and medical facilities in the city that might provide STD testing. Many of these facilities are located near Worchester Road and Union Avenue.
You can also travel into the Boston area, where you will find numerous clinics and health care centers that might offer STD or HIV testing, including Project Trust, Massachusetts General Hospital, Fenway Health Center, and AIDS Action Committee of Massachusetts.
Some of these clinics may even promote free STD testing. While free testing may be available, it’s important to realize that some locations may only accept walk-in appointments, which could result in long wait times. In addition, you may have to meet specific income and residency requirements to qualify for free services.