Hampden County reported 48 cases of HIV in 2015, a slight decrease from the 51 cases reported in 2014. Unfortunately, chlamydia increased from 2,003 cases in 2015 to 2,262 cases in 2016. Gonorrhea almost doubled, from 285 cases in 2015 to 485 cases in 2016. And syphilis, a disease that has almost been wiped out, has now reached disease prevalence rates of 2.8 cases per 100,000 county residents.
Reports from the CDC show that younger sexually active persons – between the ages of 15 and 24 years old – account for at least half of all new diagnoses of sexually transmitted diseases.
Springfield offers clinics and organizations that offer, along with testing services, educational and support services in an effort to increase health and well-being. Services include counseling, risk assessments, condom distribution, needle exchanges, and support groups.
Other opportunities include free std testing care for those without medical coverage who are living with HIV or AIDS.
Throughout the Springfield area there are many std testing options, from the Caring Health Center on Main Street to Tapestry Health on Maple Street and Baystate Health System on Wilbraham Road.