Like most towns in Massachusetts, Milford is facing alarming rates of new cases of sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) over the past decade. Chlamydia, HIV/AIDS, syphilis (primary and secondary), and gonorrhoea are the most common STDs that affect the residents of Milford.
The 2018 County Health Rankings for STDs in Massachusetts showed that Worcester County had 1,235 HIV cases in 2015. The report further indicated that HIV prevalence rate that year was 209.
According to the 2016 Integrated HIV/AIDS, STD, and Viral Hepatitis Surveillance Report, chlamydia is the most prevalent STD recorded in Massachusetts. Every year since 2012, there has been an average of 24,000 to 26,000 reported diagnoses.
The Massachusetts Department of Public Health has been in the forefront of the fight against the spread of sexually transmitted infections (STIs) by encouraging residents to go for testing more frequently. Recently the public health department has established programs that help in identifying and treating recent cases of drug-resistant gonorrhea. Additionally, the department offers counseling services and education on STD prevention to the residents of Milford.
The residents of Milford can go for testing in several public health facilities. For instance, they can consider going to the Milford Memorial Hospital, Milford Medical Centre, or the Bridgeport Hospital Milford Campus.
There are some health centers within Milford offering free STD testing services. However, it might take you many hours to access a doctor and about two weeks to get your tests results. Other shortcomings that you might encounter in free STD testing centers include the unavailability of the walk-in option and difficulty when booking appointments.