Natick, MA is a part of the thriving MetroWest area which serves as a population hub west of Boston. Natick residents enjoy Cochituate State Park, an oasis of hiking and boating, along with shopping at the Natick Mall.
Along with other MetroWest communities in Middlesex County, Natick has had its share of the 4,729 local chlamydia infections in 2016, up from 3,634 in 2012.
Chlamydia is the most common STD in the U.S. in general, and in the Natick area. The rate of infections such as gonorrhea and syphilis tend to follow a rise in Chlamydia as STD rates increase, and the Natick area is no exception.
Natick, MA encourages residents from school age upward to get informed about STDs. They note that there are a large number of medical resources in the MetroWest area which provide the testing and treatment people with STDs and other communicable diseases need.
The MetroWest area including Natick has numerous private and public health clinics which provide STD testing for chlamydia, syphilis, gonorrhea, HIV and other conditions as well as treatment and prevention assistance.
For those with limited resources, the Justice Resource Institute, Program RISE in adjacent Framingham is a public clinic which provides STD testing targeted to sexual and ethnic minorities but open to all. Residents who cannot afford to determine their STD status may ask about the availability of free STD testing.
Public clinics do provide open access with a variety of payment options, but visitors may experience crowded clinic conditions where they may wait for an extended time, varying clinic hours, and the possibility of seeing other members of their local community under awkward circumstances.