Peabody is a city full of culture, with many museums telling the story of its rich history. Unfortunately there are also a rising number of people contracting sexually transmitted diseases.
In 2012 there were 176 reported cases of Gonorrhea in Essex County, by 2016 the number reached 356 and has continued to climb. There were 2,637 cases of Chlamydia in 2016, a figure that has shocked health officials into action.
In 2015 the Governor of Massachusetts declared that there was an opioid crisis in the state. This has led to an increase in diseases that are transmitted intravenously in Essex County, with 350 people dying in 2016 as a result of the Hepatitis C virus. Many diseases that can be contracted this way can also be caught during sexual contact, raising the risk factor for sexually active people in Peabody.
The department for health in Essex County has put out a warning to residents in Peabody about the risks of neglecting regular STD checks.
There is a local organisation in Peabody who offers services such as free STD testing, educational leaflets, contraception and confidential advice on the telephone. Making appointments with clinics who don’t charge for services can often be difficult due to inconsistent opening times and unavailability of doctors.
To get fast, confidential treatment you can visit the North Shore Community Health Incorporated on Foster St. You must book an appointment but there are usually same-day options available.
You could also make your way to the Health Quarters at the Cummings Centre in Beverly. They do their best to accommodate walk-in visits and are open late on Monday and Tuesday.