In general, Connecticut tends to have low STD rates compared to the rest of the US. But still, rates are increasing in Connecticut. Health officials say that some of those numbers are due to more people being screened, which is a good thing. But there’s also been an increase in unprotected sex since the AIDS scare had abated somewhat.
And health experts also blame “hook-up apps” for the increase. When a person has sex with someone they met online for that purpose, they often don’t know much about them, and that includes their STD status.
In 2017, there were 717 people living with HIV or AIDS in Waterbury. One-third of them were infected through injected drug use, with heterosexual contact a close second, followed by MSM. In 2015, there were 918 cases of chlamydia in Waterbury, at a rate of 814 per 100K people.
The gonorrhea and syphilis rates were 171 and 8. Health officials urge sexually active people to be tested often, as many STIs are asymptomatic at the beginning but can cause lasting problems.
There are a few STD-testing clinics in Waterbury. Planned Parenthood, located on Main St, tests for STIs and treats all except HIV, and the fee is on a sliding scale based on your income. The Waterbury Health Department, also on Main St, provides STD screening at a low cost and also offers hepatitis A and B vaccines.
Community Health Care, on Elm St, offers STI and HIV screening and treatment on a sliding fee scale. Also, keep an eye on the community schedule for free STD testing events, especially during STD Awareness Month.