What are the STI test options in Quincy,MA?
STD rates in Massachusetts are well below the national average, but health officials are still worried because they are going up. In 2016, Norfolk County had an HIV prevalence rate of 211 per 100K people, below Massachusetts’s rate of 342.5.
That same year, the county had a chlamydia rate of 493.7, above the state average rate of 394.5. The gonorrhea and (primary and secondary) syphilis rates were 92.2 and 8.
But health officials are most concerned that there are other people out there who do not know they are infected. Most STIs are asymptomatic in the early stages, and this can give a false sense of security. However, these diseases can lead to infertility and other irreversible conditions.
The only way to tell your sexual health status is to be tested regularly.
At least one nonprofit in the area provides free STD testing, but you will need to pre-register to get an appointment. The AFC Urgent Care in nearby Braintree provides confidential STI testing and treatment.
The Crown Colony Medical Center on Congress St offers HIV testing and treatment. Fenway Health provides STI testing and treatment for men who have sex with men and those who identify as transgender.