STD rates have been on the rise in Bristol County. Taunton town, being part of the county, has also recorded considerable numbers of new STD incidences. The common sexually transmitted infections reported include gonorrhea, chlamydia, and P&S syphilis.
According to a 2016 CDC health survey, Bristol County documented 401 new gonorrhea infections, which had a prevalence rate of 72 cases per 100,000 population. There were 25 new diagnoses of P&S syphilis with a rate of 4.5 cases.
Chlamydia cases were the highest among other STDs. In 2016, new chlamydia incidences were reported 1,759 times, bringing its prevalence rate to 315.9 per 100,000 population.
The Massachusetts Department of Health has partnered with several community centers to form the Integrated HIV/ STD and Hepatitis Prevention Programs. The initiative by the Office of HIV/AIDS seeks to prevent the spread of HIV and STDs through syringe exchange programs, and testing and treatment services.
In Taunton, you may visit the Seven Hills Behavioral Health Center along Winthrop St for STD care services. Other options include the Manet Community Health Center situated along Washington St, as well as the Stanley Street Resource and Treatment – SSTAR on Stanley St, Fall River.
Alternatively, you may visit the CFC Family Planning on Taunton Green, which may provide a range of medical services including HIV testing, STD screening, family planning, birth control, and pregnancy testing, among others.
Other clinics across Taunton, MA, may offer free STD testing, but there are disadvantages. In case you’re positive for STD, the prescriptions drugs may not be available. Also, waiting hours may take too long.