New Haven County saw a decline in the number of HIV cases over the past few years. The cases dropped from 3,294 at a rate of 452 in 2014. By the year 2018, there were 3,172 infections in the population at a rate of 432 percent.
A rising trend in Chlamydia infections was noted in the county health reports, where the numbers rose from 61 at a rate of 192 in 2011 to 91 at a rate of 281 in 2015. There was also a slight increment in Gonorrhoea infections from 14 at a rate of 44 in 2011 to 13 at a rate of 40 in 2015.
Syphilis infections were at an all-time low and remained constant over time. In 2011 only one infection was reported, and in 2015, the number of infections had remained the same at a rate of 3 percent.
According to the New Haven County Department of Health, most of the people living with HIV/STD infections are from low-income communities and are unable to access quality health care. The department of health developed a program to assist such patients to overcome financial barriers to HIV care by helping them with health coverage costs like premiums and co-insurance.
Saint Mary’s Hospital Urgent Care Center – Naugatuck and Planned Parenthood – Waterbury Health Center are some of the available clinics in Naugatuck city where STD/HIV services are offered. Other health centers worth checking out are Waterbury Hospital or Franklin Medical Group.
Free STD testing services may be available in some clinics, but some of the services may not include prescription and treatment after you test positive. You might also have to spend for professional consultation.