The county health reports noted an upsurge of HIV infections over the past 5 years. The infections increased from 1,634 in 2014 at a prevalence rate of 244 to 1,744 infections at a rate of 251 in the year 2018.
There was a steady rise in the number of Chlamydia infections from 2,171 reported infections in 2015 to 2,773 infections by the end of 2017.
The rate of Gonorrhea infections fluctuated over the years. However, the number rose from 200 in 2015 to reach 720 at the end of 2017.
An escalation of Syphilis infections from 65 in 2016 to 82 infections at the end of 2018 was a trend recorded in the health reports. The infections were frequently identified among men who have sex with men.
The Worcester County Department of Health has put in place an HIV primary care program to address the increase in the number of STI/HIV infections by providing HIV primary care, nutrition services, and mental health services to people living with HIV. They also provide counseling, free condom distribution, risk preventive measures, and STD/HIV testing for the partners.
There are several health care facilities in Shrewsbury city where residents can access STD/HIV services like ReadyMED Plus Urgent Care and Planned Parenthood – Central Massachusetts Health Center.
Residents may also consider options like Shrewsbury Family Medicine and Saint Vincent Medical Group – Shrewsbury.
Free STD testing may be available in some health care facilities but results may not be immediate and could take up to two weeks to be delivered.