Westford is a town located in Middlesex county of MA. The HIV and STD statistics show a high prevalence in Middlesex something which the CDC officials are looking for ways to curb. County data shows that HIV cases have also been on the increase. In the year 2013, Middlesex had a reported 138 cases of HIV at a prevalence rate of 10.5 per 100000. This figure slightly increased in 2015 where 141 cases were reported at a prevalence rate of 10.4 per 100000 residents.
Chlamydia, the most common STD also recorded a rise in the number of reported cases with 3670 cases at a prevalence rate of 235.3 per 100000 people as compared to 4730 cases at a prevalence rate of 298.3 per 100000 residents.
Gonorrhea on the other hand reported a total of 425 cases in 2013 at a prevalence rate of 27.0 per 100000. In 2016, the number had nearly doubled to 880 cases at a prevalence rate of 55.4 per 100000 people.
The rates of almost all STDs is on the rise in Middlesex County. People need to be more responsible so as to push down the rates of STDs. This can be done by doing things like getting tested.
Sexually active individuals in Westford, MA are urged to visit their nearest clinic and get tested. Public clinics may offer free STD testing or low cost STD testing though it might be dependent on your income and welfare eligibility and the wait times might be inconsistent.
Some of the clinics where you can visit include; Lowell Community Health Center Metta Health Center, Massachusetts Alliance of Portuguese Speakers MAPS Director and Lowell Community Health Center where HIV testing is free of charge.