There was an increase in the overall rate of HIV cases in Middlesex County, home to Winchester town. The rate of infections rose from 250 per 100,000 persons in 2014 to 262 by 2017.
According to Middlesex County health reports, the rate of Chlamydia was 60 per 100,000 persons in 2016, and the infections were more prevalent among teenagers and young adults aged 15 to 24 years.
A fluctuating trend in Gonorrhea cases was observed over the past years, and by the end of 2016, the rates of Gonorrhea infections were 51 per 100,000 persons.
Young adults and men who have sex with men were more vulnerable to Syphilis infections. The rates of Syphilis cases were lower in the county, although the health reports indicated a rising trend of the infections, and in 2016, they were estimated to be at a rate of 11 per 100,000 persons.
Middlesex County Department of Health’s strategy of reducing STD infections in the county involves expanding PrEP and PEP access in the county and educating communities on ways to protect themselves from HIV/STD infections as well as encouraging them to get tested regularly.
Winchester residents may access STD/HIV services some of the clinics in Winchester towns like Partners Urgent Care – Medford and Planned Parenthood – Greater Boston Health Center. They may also opt for hospitals such as Winchester Hospital and Shields Health Care.
Free STD testing may be available in some of the health care facilities in Winchester town. However, not all tests may be comprehensive, and results may be received in 1 to 3 weeks.