Every year, there is concern among the Middlesex County health officials because of the increasing number of STD incidences in the county. In 2016, there were record-high numbers of STDs in the US, including Middlesex.
According to a CDC Report posted on MassLive, new cases of chlamydia in Middlesex County totaled 4,729 in 2016 with a rate of 298.3 cases per 100,000 individuals. In 2015, the numbers were lower – 4,152 incidences with a prevalence of 261.9.
Additionally, there was a 24.8% increase in the gonorrhea rate in 2015-2016, resulting in 877 incidences. Over the same period, there was a 37.8% increase in syphilis morbidity, from 4.5 to 6.2.
The Boston Integrated HIV Prevention Plan (2017-2021) include the Ryan White Part A funding that aims to offer medical and support services to PLWHA. This initiative aims to reduce HIV infections, increase access to medical care for better health outcomes, and reduce the disparities and inequality in rendering HIV care.
By getting tested, you can minimize STD spread. One of the testing clinics which may provide STD services is the Middlesex County Office of Health Services. You may also visit the Planned Parenthood in Boston on Commonwealth Ave.
Wilmington residents can also visit the South End Community Health Center on Washington St, the Project SHINE clinic along Paris St or the X Clinic also nestled on Washington St, Boston.
Alternatively, nearby clinics might offer low-cost or free STD testing within or near Wilmington. However, these facilities may not allow you to consult doctors on site and you may only be restricted to one mode of payment. Additionally, the health centers might not test all STDs and there might be a possibility of delaying the results for about two weeks.