Communities in Providence County, including the city of Smithfield, Rhode Island, saw a steady increase in the number of newly reported STD cases from 2013 to 2017.
State reports show that chlamydia rates in the county rose by more than 16 percent during this five-year period, as the number of new chlamydia cases reported jumped from 3,401 cases in 2013 to 3,968 cases in 2017. Gonorrhea rates, on the other hand, more than doubled over this same timeframe, as the number of new gonorrhea cases reported spiked from 391 cases in 2013 to 885 cases in 2017.
Syphilis rates from Providence County also doubled from 2013 to 2017, as the number of new syphilis cases reported increased from 54 cases in 2013 to 108 cases in 2018.
According to the CDC, the number of HIV cases in Providence County increased by 20 percent from 2016 to 2017, as the number of new HIV cases reported jumped from 53 cases in 2016 to 64 cases in 2017.
University students in Smithfield may have access to STD and HIV testing at the Bryant University Health Services. Other residents may be able to have HIV or STD testing at Ocean State Urgent Care – Smithfield, or at one of the private doctor’s offices in the city, many of which are located just off Putnam Pike or the Providence Beltway.
In addition, residents can travel into nearby Providence to find additional healthcare centers that might provide HIV or STD testing, such as Planned Parenthood – Providence, The Mariam Hospital HIV/STD Clinic, and the Rhode Island Free Clinic.
Some clinics may even offer free STD testing, but you may incur additional fees for after-test treatment. In addition, many of these clinics have long wait times and inconvenient hours.