The HIV/AIDS prevalence rate in Hampden County has been on a constant growth for many years. The number has grown from 1,450 in 2007 to 1671 cases in 2016. 63% of the people living with HIV in the county are males, while 37% are females.
However, the HIV mortality rate has reduced from 37 in 2007 to 23 deaths in 2016. Moreover, 58 new cases of HIV infections were recorded in the year 2016.
According to an STD surveillance report released in 2011, Springfield Metropolitan Area had a Chlamydia rate of 1125.72 per 100,000 cases. Gonorrhea had an incidence rate of 110.42 per 100,000 incidences while Syphilis rates stood at 30.05 per 100,000 cases.
The Hampden County Health Department has been utilizing the state’s partner services programs to help infected residents get treatment and notify their partner of exposure to STDs. Massachusetts Health Department has also implemented programs such as Expedited Partner Therapy to fight the diseases.
There are several testing facilities in Westfield, MA. Planned Parenthood- Western Massachusetts Health Center located in 3550 Main Suite, Springfield serves residents in Springfield, Westfield, and the surrounding areas.
Other centers include Brightwood Health Center in Plainfield Street, Springfield, Tapestry Health in Main Street, Springfield, Chicopee Health Center in Front Street, Chicopee, and Caring Health Center on Main Street, Springfield.
You might get free STD testing services in some of the facilities through the state-funded program or the fee sliding scale though you may have to pass through some stringent eligibility procedures.