A rise in the number of HIV infections was noted in Norfolk county with the number increasing from 927 cases with an incidence rate of 164 in 2014 to reach the high of 1,235 cases with a prevalence rate of 209 in 2017.
Syphilis infections were lower compared to other infections and were predominant in the male population. In 2016, the rate was 8.9 per 100,000 persons.
Gonnorhea infections were average and health reports indicated that the number had doubled over the last decade. The reports noted Gonnorhea infections to be at a rate of 30.8 per 100,000 in 2016.
Chlamydia had the highest rate compared to other infections and was frequent in the female population. In 2016, the rate of the population infected by Chlamydia infections was estimated to be 210.8 per 100,000 persons.
The Norfolk County Department of Health has been working to ensure complete integration of HIV/STD testing in all primary medical settings. This approach will ensure that people are aware of their HIV status early and get treatment before the infections start to spread.
There are several public health facilities in Norwood town such as the Norwood Hospital and Brigham and Women’s Health Care Center, Westwood where residents can check their sexual health. Residents who prefer walk-in services may opt for Planned Parenthood – Greater Boston Health Center or the Norwood Urgent Care.
Some hospitals in Norwood town offer free HIV/STD tests. However, most lack onsite laboratories and results may take a few days to be delivered. Doctor consultation may also not be available.