By retaining HIV patients in medical care, the Worcester County Health Department has achieved viral suppression among Grafton, MA, residents. As a result, HIV infections had reduced from 63 new infections at 9.4 in 2010 to 43 at 6.2 in 2015.
On the downside, STD infections are still increasing. In 2012, Grafton town had 31 Syphilis incidences at 3.8, which rose to 47 at 5.7 in 2015. The same trend was observed in Gonorrhea infections. In 2012, there were 230 cases at 28.5, and by the end of 2015, they had reached 298 at 36.4.
Chlamydia infections fluctuated in that period, but overall, there has been an increase. From 2,320 at 287.7 in 2012 to 1,709 at 209.7 in 2012. The rise was noted in 2015 when 2,189 cases at 267.3 were noted, which increased to 2,582 cases at 315.3 in 2016.
Worcester County Health Department has an HIV Continuum Care that links and retains newly diagnosed patients to medical care. The aim is to achieve viral suppression and prevent HIV transmission while at the same time ensuring healthy living for PLWH. It uses behavioral health and infectious disease frameworks and health data to inform health providers on how to meet better the needs of those who have been impacted by HIV/STDs.
Planned Parenthood- Massachusetts Health Center and MinuteClinic-Urgent Care are some of the walk-in clinics in Grafton where you can get HIV/STD treatment and testing. Other facilities include Umass Memorial Medical Center and Saint Vincent Hospital.
Besides, there are clinics where you can get free STD testing, although the clinics may not have a doctor’s consultation, and walk-in options may not be available.