Somerville, MA is an active, diverse city with a vibrant social and cultural life. From independent films to live music performances and multicultural dining, it’s a city with something for everyone from long-term residents to college students to enjoy.
One growing concern is sexual activity which has been changing in nature. City surveys from 2016 noted a 15.4 percent decrease in the previous two years of young people using condoms when having sex, significantly increasing the risk of STD infection and pregnancy.
In fact, STDs such as chlamydia, gonorrhea and syphilis are on the rise in Somerville as they are nationwide. Rates of infection are also rising faster in Somerville than statewide in Massachusetts: the number of new cases of these three infections locally has tripled from 2005 to 2015.
The Cambridge Health Alliance, a community health provider which serves Somerville, has noted the need for inclusive STD testing and counseling. They encourage the LGBTQ+ community and other underserved groups to participate and to feel comfortable.
In addition to private clinics, there are extensive public options for STD testing in Somerville. Researchers at local universities have been actively reaching out to vulnerable populations and the public at large.
These public clinics may provide free std testing as they gather information about STD infection trends. For those who don’t mind possible long waits and getting their testing and results in a busy public clinic environment, this can be a useful opportunity to keep on top of their STD status.