There has been a slight increment in HIV cases in Pembroke, MA, a town in Plymouth County.
In 2016, there were 45 new HIV cases at a prevalence rate of 816, which increased from the reported 37 infections identified in 2007 at a prevalence rate of 590. In 2016, men had 32 cases at 71 percent, and women at 29 percent with 13 cases.
Chlamydia infections were frequent in Pembroke. From 2014 to 2015, the cases dropped from 38 to 25 cases, respectively, and then increased to 45 in 2016. Later on, they fell from 45 in 2017 to 36 in 2018.
Gonorrhea also had the same variation. In 2014 and 2015, the cases were below five. They progressed to eight in 2016 and slightly dropped from seven in 2017 to six in 2018.
Additionally, Syphilis cases fluctuated between 2012 to 2016. In 2012 the cases were 10, which increased to 16 in 2013. They shrunk to six cases in 2015 then shot up to 22 cases in 2016.
The Plymouth County Health Department launched several programs to address sexual health at the clinics. Some of the programs include HIV Pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) for individuals at risk of contracting HIV infections. It also provides on-site anti-retroviral treatment and links to care to patients diagnosed with HIV.
As a resident of Pembroke, MA, you can get HIV/STD treatment in medical centers, such as Planned Parenthood- Greater Boster Health Center, ConvinientMD Urgent Care, and Brigham and Women’s Health Care Center.
There is free STD testing in some of the clinics, but some may lack walk-in options, and the free test may be available for individuals who meet certain income and welfare eligibility requirements.