The eleventh-largest city in Massachusetts recently experienced an HIV outbreak increase of 33% in 2015. By 2016 the rate of HIV infections was at 10.5 per 100,000 people in Newton, Massachusetts. Naturally, Middlesex County health officials were concerned when they noticed the decline in HIV testing for the Newton area.
One of their plans to combat this potential issue is to encourage health-care providers and emergency room technicians to test for HIV more frequently.
The rate of syphilis, primary and secondary, for Middlesex County in 2016 was 6.2 per 100,000 people. The symptoms of syphilis can be mild and go unnoticed, so again, regularly testing is recommended. Still, the most common STI affecting the people (especially women) of Newton is chlamydia. In 2016, rates of new cases were 298.3 per 100,000 people. As chlamydia is often asymptomatic, it’s crucial to get tested regularly to avoid long-term damage to your reproductive health. That same year, gonorrhea rates came in at 55.3 per 100K people. Gonorrhea is most common in younger people (15-24 years old) according to the CDC.
If you’re in Newton and need to get screened for STIs, check out these affordable options. There’s a MinuteClinic inside CVS on Boylston Street. They test for hepatitis C and take walk-ins but be prepared for longer wait times. Or, there’s a Partners Urgent Care offering STD testing on Needham Street. If you qualify for their free STD testing (HIV and others), you can drive over to AIDS Action Committee of Massachusetts in Roxbury.
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