Middlesex County, where Hudson is a town, experienced an escalation in the number of individuals diagnosed with HIV from a prevalence rate of 3,196 reported in both 2014 and 2015 to 3,479 in 2016. Since then, the prevalence rate increased progressively to a high of 3,708 per 100,000 individuals recorded in 2020.
Gonorrhea infections in Hudson town showed fluctuations, with a sharp drop in cases from 5 in 2014 to less than 5 in the following year, followed by a spike to 11 in both 2016 and 2017. In 2018 cases of infection remained relatively constant at 10.
On the other hand, Chlamydia infections doubled from 24 cases in both 2014 and 2015 to 48 in 2017, followed by a 12.5% increase to 54 in 2018.
The Massachusetts Department of Public Health has managed to control cases of Syphilis infections among county residents, over the years, reducing incidences from a high of 99 in 2016 to 48 in 2012.
The Massachusetts Department of Public Health has a comprehensive STD/HIV program that aids local public health departments mitigate new infections and transmissions in towns and counties. The program engages local health care providers to improve access to screening, counseling, treatment, and referrals for specialized care. Other benefits include partner notification and safer sex supplies, including condoms.
Planned Parenthood – Marlborough Health Center, Emerson Urgent Care of Hudson, Lowell General Hospital, and Massachusetts General Hospital are some of the healthcare facilities that offer STD/HIV testing services.
You can also visit some town hospitals to access free STD testing, but bookable options might not be available and doctor consultation might be an extra charge.