The largest city in Essex County, sexually transmitted diseases in Lynn, Massachusetts have been on a steady rise for the last few years. The Lynn area reported one of the higher chlamydia rates for Massachusett counties at 339.8 per 100,000 people in 2016. Their rate of gonorrhea for the same year came in at 45.9 cases per 100,000. Primary and secondary syphilis rates rose to 6.2 out of 100,000 residents of Essex County. New HIV diagnoses are also up a bit at a rate of 10.3 per 100,000 in 2015.
The city of Lynn cares deeply about its community. They have lots of programs and resources in place to teach better sexual health prevention strategies to teens, young adults, and adults. They believe the current high rates of STI outbreaks will decrease as knowledge and proper treatment spreads.
The aim is to break the stigma surrounding STDs and make sure everyone knows how important both regular screening and condom use are for health.
Health Innovations HIV and Street Outreach Program on Willow offers free, confidential testing, treatment, and support for active substance users, homeless, and sex workers.
For affordable HIV and other STI testing head over to the Lynn Community Health Center on Union street. They offer testing for gonorrhea, chlamydia, hepatitis, herpes, and HIV. If you’re a student at North Shore Community College on Broad street, pay attention to back to school events and the student event calendar (particularly during STD awareness month in April) for free testing opportunities.
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