Health officials in Hillsborough County continue to express concerns over the rising numbers of STD in the region. Gonorrhea, chlamydia, and syphilis lead in prevalence rates of infectious diseases.
According to a New Hampshire STD/HIV Surveillance, 2011-2015, Hillsborough County filed 1,256 chlamydia cases in 2015, an 11.6% increase from 2011’s 1,125 cases. Over the four years, the county recorded a total of 5,814 chlamydia incidences, half of which occurred in Manchester town.
The county recorded 111 cases of gonorrhea in 2015 with a transmission rate of 27.3 cases per 100,000 persons. In the same year, cases of syphilis totaled 14. The rate was 3.4.
Established in 1997, the HIV/AIDS Task Force has the goal of reducing STD incidences by providing quality services, education, and resources needed to support persons living with HIV or STDs. Additionally, the initiative provides direct care services such as HIV testing and linkage to care.
If you’re at risk of contracting STDs or HIV, you can access care services from the Manchester Health Department clinic situated at 1528 Elm St. Another option is the Nassau Community and Public Health Center nestled at 18 Mulberry St. Either of these may provide HIV/AIDS care services and STD screening, testing, and treatment services.
Alternatively, you can head down to the Planned Parenthood Health Center in Manchester, at Pennacook St. The health center may provide a wide range of care services including STD diagnosis and treatment, LGBTQ services, family planning, and abortion care, among others.
Other clinics in Merrimack town may provide free STD testing services. However, the services might be offered during inconvenient hours of operation and may involve long waiting times. Additionally, the centers may not test all STD tests and the results may take long to be released.