In 2016, Providence County had an HIV prevalence rate of 323.4 per 100K people, over Rhode Island’s rate of 263. But health officials are most worried about the bacterial STD rates, which are sharply increasing.
In 2016, Providence County had a chlamydia rate of 572.6 per 100K people, above the state rate of 467.3. The gonorrhea and (primary and secondary) syphilis rates were 92.7 and 10.9.
Health officials point to a few reasons for the increasing rates. Better testing methods account for some of those numbers. Also, dating apps result in people having sex with people they don’t know very well and might have trouble finding again later if necessary. The abating of the AIDS scare has meant decreased condom use, especially among young people who wouldn’t have seen all the people dying in the ‘80s.
Blackstone Valley CHC Women’s Health, at Park Pl, provides STI testing for women. Coastal Medical, on East Ave, offers HIV screening. The Miriam Hospital HIV/STD Clinic on Main St in Providence offers HIV and STD testing and treatment. And there are more options in the surrounding areas, especially in Providence. You may even find free STD testing there.