What are the STI test options in Gloucester,MA?
Residents of Gloucester, MA have a lot to be proud of when it comes to their hometown. This small city of roughly 30,000 inhabitants located approximately 40 miles north of Boston in Essex county on Cape Ann is America’s oldest functioning fishing port.
Every year, tourists from all over the country and all over the globe flock to Gloucester, MA to sample some of the freshest seafood the Atlantic ocean has to offer, go whale watching, stroll along Good Harbour beach, and otherwise experience life in an authentic New England fishing town.
There’s another aspect to life in Gloucester, MA and other small towns in the region, and it’s one that is unfortunately kept out of sight and out of mind. There has been a troublesome rise in the rate of STDs in Massachusetts -especially the rates of chlamydia- and young people between the ages of 15 and 24 seem to be especially at risk.
In Essex county there were 2,312 reported cases of chlamydia according to the National Center for HIV/AIDS, Viral Hepatitis, STD, and TB Prevention was 2,312 reported cases of chlamydia, or 0.31% per 100,000 individuals.
According to the Department of Public Health Bureau of Infectious disease and Laboratory Sciences, the incidence rate of chlamydia in Massachusetts in 2016 was 388.3 per 100,000 individuals.
Health Quarters in the nearby town of Beverly is one option anyone in Gloucester, MA who’s worried about their sexual health can go for testing. This walk-in clinic specializes in sexual and reproductive health.
Bethany Christian Services in North Andover and Planned Parenthood in Somerville are other options worth considering.
There may be Massachusetts state programs that make certain individuals eligible for free std testing, but you need to find out if you meet the specific criteria. What’s more, not all STD tests may be covered as part of these programs.
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- Please contact the individual public clinic to confirm pricing. Test pricing at public clinics many times depend on income and welfare eligibility.