What are the STI test options in Lawrence,MA?
Local health officials are worried about rising STD rates in the area, especially among young people. They say that the sex education program in schools is insufficient and youth do not know the risks of unprotected sex or how to protect themselves properly. Condom use has decreased, and young people don’t know they can be infected through oral sex.
Budget cuts in the public health sector have also resulted in defunded programs and closed-down clinics. Online dating apps also bear some of the blame, as they make it easy for people to meet others for sex, and most people don’t ask about sexual health status.
In 2016, Essex County had an HIV prevalence rate of 279.3 per 100K people, under the Massachusetts rate of 342.5. Health officials have expressed more concern about bacterial STDs.
The same year, Essex County’s chlamydia rate was 339.8 per 100K people, a bit below the state average of 394.5. The gonorrhea and (primary and secondary) syphilis rates were 45.9 and 6.2.
Health Quarters, on Merrimack St, provides STI testing and treatment. You can also be tested at the Greater Lawrence Family Health on Water St. AFC Urgent Care tests for STIs, and you can visit them in nearby North Andover or Methuen. You may be able to find free STD testing in the community during STD Awareness Month or any awareness campaign.
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