South Portland, a city in Cumberland County and fourth-largest city in ME, has experienced an upward trend in STD rates since 2011.
In 2011, 749 cases of chlamydia in Cumberland County were reported to the CDC. By 2014, 827 cases per year are reported, and most predominately affected are females aged between 15 and 29.
Gonorrhea also affected 107 residents in 2011 and 143 residents in 2015, a significant 25% increase that most commonly affected the 20 to 29 age group. Primary, secondary, and early latent cases of syphilis also increased from 6 cases per year in 2011 to 26 cases per year in 2015.
Most worryingly, the majority of people living with HIV in Maine live in Cumberland County, which has a prevalence rate of 221.9 per 100,000.
To combat the rise in STDs, the Maine Department of Health and Human Services provides residents in Cumberland County with vital STD programs, including the HIV, STD, and Viral Hepatitis Program and the Disease Surveillance Epidemiology Program.
Frannie Peabody Center on Danforth Street, Portland Public Health Center on India Street, and the Planned Parenthood of Northern New England on Congress Street are among the available options for residents of Cumberland County that require STD testing and treatment services.
Some available clinics in South Portland may provide free STD testing or low-cost treatment services, but you may experience inconsistent wait times and might not be able to access doctors either on-site or by phone.