Leominster, located in Worcester County, has been experiencing an increase of reported cases STDs. While HIV rates have decreased by 25% between 2006 and 2015, chlamydia is still the highest annually reported STD with between 24,000 and 26,000 cases.
Men are seen as the most infected with rates almost doubling in the last ten years. Syphilis has increased by 30% in the last decade, at 15.2 per 100,00 people.
Between 2013 to 2015, 76% of newly diagnosed women were black or Hispanic/Latino, while blacks and Hispanic/Latinos were reported to have significantly higher rates than white males and females.
According to the State Department of Public Health, in 2015, Worcester County reported 2,171 cases of chlamydia, 200 cases of gonorrhea and 65 cases of syphilis. In 2016, those numbers increased to 2,696, 289 and 82, respectively. Last year, the numbers had risen to 2,733 cases of chlamydia, 720 cases of gonorrhea and 82 reported cases of syphilis. Syphilis cases were reported as steady from 2016-2017.
Located on North Main Street, Leominster Urgent Care offers HIV testing as well as STD testing. Planned Parenthood on Main Street also offers testing. Another option is Clearway Clinic located on Shrewsbury Street in Worcester County.
Many of these clinics offer STD testing services at a sliding scale fee, dependent on income and need or welfare eligibility, and at times may be able to offer free STD testing. However, your test results may not be available immediately and your results are not always private.