New Haven County, where Orange, CT, is based had 3,172 people who tested positive for HIV in 2019 at a rate of 432. The infections rose to 3,228 at a slightly higher rate of 438 in 2020.
The infectious and treatable Chlamydia was reported in Orange, CT, with 20 cases in 2014 at a rate of 143, which was a small rise to 22 cases at a rate of 154 in 2015.
Gonorrhea cases were low with one case observed in 2014 at a rate of 7 but doubled to two new infections at a rate of 14 in 2015.
Syphilis, which results in health complications leading to organ failure, if not treated on time, had zero cases and rates in both 2014 and 2015 an indication of effective measures in place that stop transmissions.
New Haven County Health Department implements STD/HIV mitigation measures, such as promoting safe sex practices among the sexually active residents, encouraging partner notification for people who test positive to prevent reinfection and discourage multiple sexual partners.
If you have multiple sexual partners or share injections, it’s wise to visit one of the healthcare centers in Orange, CT, that have free STD testing facilities and services, but hours and availability might not be consistent. It’s worth noting that some tests are free but not comprehensive.
For a wide range of sexual health services, you might consider walking into Planned Parenthood – New Haven Health Center or Stony Creek Urgent Care. Other hospitals such as Waterbury Hospital and Bridgeport Hospital Milford Campus also offer STD and HIV testing, screening, and treatment to patients residing in and out of the town.