Since 2000, there has been a significant decline in the number of new HIV cases reported in Salem, MA, as well as the death rate of those living with HIV. However, in 2017 the Department of Health reported a spike in the number of new HIV cases, specifically among drug injectors. Recent funding cuts to HIV prevention and awareness campaigns have been blamed in part for the increase in new transmissions, and men who have sex with men are heavily overrepresented in HIV statistics.
The Essex County Department of Health is urging everyone aged 13 and above to undertake STD tests as part of their annual health check, to stop the rapid rise in new transmissions.
The Salem Family Health Center is located centrally on Congress Street, Salem and provides standard HIV blood testing as well as a range of STD testing services. This is a low-cost clinic, there is a sliding-scale fee and most insurances are accepted.
Another option is Health Quarters, located on Cummings Center in Beverly – approximately 10 minutes drive from the center of Salem. Focusing specifically on sexual health, Health Quarters provides both standard and fast-results blood tests for HIV, and can offer low cost appointments for young people who are residents of Massachusetts, however not everyone may be eligible.
AFC Urgent Care on Dodge Street, Beverly is a walk-in facility offering HIV testing, treatment and referrals. The physicians are committed to making you feel comfortable, and they offer standard HIV blood tests meaning results should be available within a week. Be aware that, as a walk-in facility, there can be lengthy wait times.
While free STD testing is not available in Salem, MA currently, it is recommended that you contact clinics to discuss your needs, and find out whether you meet any criteria for sliding-scale fees. This process is time-consuming, but can be worth it financially.