Winthrop is a city in Suffolk County. There have been fluctuations in the HIV prevalence rates recorded in the county, with an increase from 5,536 per 100,000 individuals in 2014 to a high of 6098 in 2016, followed by a decrease to 5,743 in 2020.
According to data from the Massachusetts Department of Public Health’s Bureau of Infectious Disease and Laboratory Sciences, there has been a progressive increase in the number of Chlamydia cases in Winthrop city, rising from 41 in 2014 to 62 in 2018.
Gonorrhea cases showed an upward surge, tripling from 6 in 2014 to 17 in 2018. A high number of issues were recorded among individuals aged 20-24 years.
Primary and secondary Syphilis cases in the city showed fluctuations over the past few years, with an increase from 86 in 2014 to 136 in 2017, followed by a slight decrease in 2018.
The Department of Public Health, through the Bureau of Infectious Disease and Laboratory Sciences, coordinates various programs to promote the sexual health of all residents, including those in Winthrop. These include syringe services programs (SSPs), partner services, and screening to treatment programs for HIV/STDs. City dwellers benefit from HIVPrEP services, preventive care, STD awareness, and overdose education.
Planned Parenthood – Greater Boston Health Center is strategically located in the city area and provides quality STD/HIV testing services. Other facilities include Beth Israel Deaconess Urgent Care at Chelsea and Massachusetts General Hospital.
Some city clinics offer free STD testing, but walk-in options might not be available, and some tests may be free, not comprehensive.