As the country still deals with record-high numbers of STD rates, Worcester County is not exemplified. The county has been recording rising numbers of STI incidences since 2010.
According to the STD Surveillance Reports by the CDC, Worcester County health officials recorded an 11.2% increase in chlamydia incidences between 2012 and 2016, resulting in 2,582 cases. Gonorrhea rates over the same while rose from 28.5 (230 cases) to 36.4 (298 cases).
Furthermore, there were 47 new syphilis infections with a rate of 5.7 per 100,000 populations. That was also an increase, considering the cases in 2012 were 31.
HIV stigma has been a drawback to the fight against HIV transmission. “Stop HIV Stigma” is a program that’s designed to eliminate any form of discrimination and segregation because one has HIV. The program’s participants share their stories and compel every member of society to come together against HIV stigma.
STD testing services are available in several health clinics located within Gardner and the surrounding regions. For example, you can head to the Clearway Clinic located along Shrewsbury St, Worcester, and E Columbus Ave, Springfield.
Other options include the AFC Urgent Care on Stafford St, the AIDS Project Worcester SWAGLY clinic along Green St, and the Planned Parenthood Health Center, which lies on Pleasant St.
You may also find free STD testing medical centers in Garner. However, the testing services may not be as free as you may think because some tests may come at an extra charge. The doctors may also be absent, and unavailable even through the phone.