What are the STI test options in Watertown,MA?
Watertown was one of the original Massachusetts Bay Colonies, founded in the early 17th century. It is located in the Metropolitan Boston area, where STD infections have been increasing at an alarming rate.
Watertown is part of Middlesex County, where cases of STDs such as Chlamydia have risen modestly in recent years with an annual rate in the mid 200’s per 100,000 residents and new HIV infections have remained somewhat steady from year to year through 2015 at around 142 residents each year.
Though these rates are, so far, not as alarming as they could be, rising infection rates throughout the Boston area are keeping the focus on STD prevention, testing and treatment in Watertown as well.
According to Watertown, MA health officials, the management of communicable diseases including STDs is a top health priority. All residents are encouraged to seek testing and treatment if they believe that they are at risk of exposure, or if they may have exposed a partner to an STD.
Public health is a top priority in the Watertown area and residents have access to STD testing at private clinics and public clinics. If needed, clients can ask if free testing is available. Charles River Community Health in nearby Brighton provides public access to healthcare including STD testing.
For people concerned about wait times and privacy, free STD testing might not be the best option: it can involve long waits in public seating areas where friends and neighbors may also be present.
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- Please contact the individual public clinic to confirm pricing. Test pricing at public clinics many times depend on income and welfare eligibility.