Many communities around the country, including Wareham, Massachusetts, in Plymouth County are seeing an alarming increase in the number of new STD cases, including chlamydia and gonorrhea rates.
CDC records show that chlamydia rates in communities in Plymouth County, including Wareham, Massachusetts, rose from 321.8 cases for every 100,000 residents in 2016 to 370.2 cases for every 100,000 residents in 2017. In addition, Gonorrhea rates rose from 67.4 cases for every 100,000 citizens to 90.8 cases for every 100,000 citizens.
On the other hand, syphilis rates, such as primary and secondary stage cases, dropped from 4.3 cases for every 100,000 citizens in 2016 to 3.3 cases for every 100,000 citizens.
According to CDC annual reports, the number of new HIV reported cases in Plymouth County fell from 46 case in 2016 to 35 cases in 2017.
There are several medical facilities in and around the Wareham area that might offer HIV or STD testing, such as Health Imperatives – Wareham, Healthcare of SE Mass (Plymouth), Your Options Medical Centers (Fall River), Citizens for Citizens Family Planning (Fall River), and Miriam Hospital HIV/STD Clinic (Providence).
In addition, many private physicians and medical facilities in Wareham may also offer STD or HIV testing. Many of these potential testing locations are located near Sandwich Road or Main Street.
Some centers may offer low-cost or free STD testing options, but many of these clinics may have inconsistent wait times and inconvenient hours. In addition, the facility may not have a physician on-staff, which means that you may have to schedule a follow-up appointment at another location for treatment.