The number of people infected with a sexually transmitted disease in Hartford County was estimated to be 4,771 in 2015, with 4,002 cases of chlamydia, 747 cases of gonorrhea, and 22 cases of syphilis recorded. Gonorrhea cases more than doubled from 1,666 cases in 2014.
West Hartford has experienced an increase in some sexually transmitted diseases over the past few years. In 2011, no syphilis cases were reported in West Hartford, yet in 2015, syphilis cases in Hartford County had increased to 19, two of those cases were residents of West Hartford.
Some sexually transmitted diseases in Hartford County are in decline, with the number of people diagnosed with Chlamydia decreasing between 2011 and 2015. Chlamydia cases declined from 164 to 144 in 2015.
Connecticut Department of Public Health has also reported through its HIV Surveillance Program that cases of AIDS/HIV have decreased dramatically in Hartford County, with only 30 residents newly diagnosed with HIV in 2017.
Residents of West Hartford worried about their sexual health can get medical treatment from health facilities such as the West Hartford health center on New Britain Avenue and the AFC Urgent Care clinic located at 1030 Boulevard.
Some public clinics may offer free STD testing, however, this does not necessarily mean that treatment for the sexually transmitted disease is also free and doctor consultation might cost extra. Patients may also be required to wait longer for an appointment if receiving free services.