The US recorded sky-high STD rates in 2016, and Norfolk County ranks as one of the heavily hit places in Massachusetts. The county was listed No. 13 out of the 14 states with the highest chlamydia rates.
According to a WCVB report posted on Patch, Norfolk County registered a total of 1,059 chlamydia diagnoses in 2016, with a prevalence rate of 0.15 per 100,000 populations. In 2015, there were 43 cases of HIV, which had a rate of 7.3.
The 2018 HIV Surveillance Report by County Health Rankings indicated that 1,235 people were newly diagnosed with HIV in 2015. The rate of infection per 100,000 populations was 209.0.
Among the STD/HIV prevention programs in Norfolk includes the Minority AIDS Support Services (MASS) which receives funds from the Ryan White’s Part A program. The organization focuses on providing HIV/AIDS care to minorities such as African-Americans, and inmates within the Norfolk Transitional Grant Area (TGA).
Norfolk resident who would like to know their STD status may get tested in the following centers near Wellesley town: The Planned Parenthood Clinic set along Commonwealth Ave in Boston or the Project TRUST on Massachusetts Ave. The latter may also offer specialized services for the LGBTQ community.
Alternatively, you can visit The Clinic at BAGLY nestled at 14 Beacon St for anonymous testing without insurance. Wellesley residents may also go to one of the Massachusetts General Hospital’s clinics located along Fruit St., Chelsea, or Everett Ave.
Other clinics in Wellesley may provide free STD testing. However, people might know the reason for your visit, and prescriptions for after test care may be absent if the tests results are positive.