HIV/STD reports continue to cause concern in Bristol County, home to Norton, MA. From surveillance reports, the infections continued to multiply each year.
For instance, 1,070 HIV cases were identified by the end of 2016, which was a huge surge from the 953 incidences, which had been reported in 2007.
STDs’ situation is not nearly that bad, but the numbers are stills frightening. For example, in 2012, Chlamydia cases were at 1,628 at 295.5, but in 2016, they had steadily risen to 1,759 at 315.9.
Gonorrhea nearly tripled between 2012 and 2016. The infections rose from 136 cases at 24.7 in 2012 to 401 at 72 in 2016.
Syphilis also rose to 25 new cases at 4.5 in 2016 from 14 cases at 2.5 reported in 2012.
The Bristol County Health Department is targeting the youth in its HIV/STD prevention campaigns. It encourages teenagers to abstain from premature sex and insists on condom usage among sexually active residents. The health department also targets sex workers at a risk of infecting and getting infected. It advocates safe sex and even early treatment if they notice any signs and symptoms of HIV or STDs infection. among the residents.
Some of the medical centers where you can get tested and treated for HIV/STD infections or even access free condoms include Planned Parenthood- Providence Health Center and Tristan Medical Center-urgent care. You may also visit Sturdy Memorial Hospital and Rhode Island Hospital.
You can also get testing from clinics that offer free STD testing, but they may lack options for booking a doctor’s appointment, and you may not receive a doctor’s consultation.