New STD diagnoses have continued to hit disturbing rates both in Connecticut and Hartford County. The drastic spike in STI counts is explained by the increase in casual hookups online and unprotected sex.
According to a report by the Connecticut State Department of Public Health, the county recorded a decrease in chlamydia incidences from 4,002 in 2014 to 1,619 in 2016. The infection had twice as high prevalence rate in women as in men. There was also a drop of gonorrhea cases from 747 to 415, an 80% decrease.
Additionally, Hartford County recorded 22 new syphilis diagnoses with a rate of 2.0 per 100,000 populations. These numbers place Hartford County among the most STD-struck counties in Connecticut.
Backed by the Connecticut Department of Public Health, the Connecticut HIV Planning Consortium (CHPC) hopes to mitigate the spread of HIV/AIDS in the state by integrating different stakeholders including HIV+ persons, and local health centers. CPHC aims to improve HIV/STD care for infected individuals without discrimination.
STD care services are available in several health centers within Simsbury. The Hartford Health Department at 131 Coventry St may provide STD/HIV testing, counseling, and treatment. You may also consider the Hartford Gay and Lesbian Collective clinics.
Other alternatives include the Planned Parenthood Medical Center in West Hartford. The facility lies at 1030 New Britain Ave.
Simsbury town has other medical clinics that might provide free STD testing or low-cost services. However, these centers may open at inconvenient times and the STDs tests conducted might not be comprehensive. Your eligibility may depend on your income or welfare association.