Plymouth County, where Whitman is a town, experienced a spike in the rate of new HIV diagnoses from 748 per 100,000 individuals in 2015 to 936 in 2018 and 2019. In 2020, the number of infections occurred at a rate of 963, representing a 2.9% increase.
There was an escalation in Gonorrhea infections in Whitman town, from less than five cases reported in 2015 to a high of 15 cases in 2017 and 14 in the following year. Individuals aged 20 to 24 years accounted for 42.8% of the total infections in 2018.
Chlamydia infection cases surged from 25 in 2015 to 40 in 2017. In 2018, there was a 22.5% decrease in infection cases to 31. Most diagnoses occurred in town residents aged 20 to 24 years, accounting for 64.5% in 2018.
On the other hand, primary and secondary Syphilis infection cases in Plymouth County manifested a wavy pattern, reducing by more than half from 16 in 2013 to 6 in the following year, before a threefold increase to 22 in 2016.
The Massachusetts Department of Public Health offers comprehensive STD/HIV programs, such as Partner Services Program (PSP) and integrated testing and linkage services, entailing prevention and tracking and sexual health education. County and town residents, including men who have sex with men and at-risk individuals, benefit from improved access to MDPH-supported programs that connect them with PrEP counseling and medications.
Planned Parenthood – Greater Boston Health Center and Brockton Family Planning offer quality STD/HIV testing services. Other health centers include ConvenientMD Urgent Care, Health Express, and Massachusetts General Hospital.
You can also visit some town clinics to access free STD testing, but doctor consultation might not be available, and you may experience inconvenient hours.