Barely do sexually transmitted diseases make news headlines, but the case is different in recent years. Chlamydia, gonorrhea, and syphilis have the highest rate of morbidity among other STDs.
A 2013 report that concentrated on the rates of STDs among youths (15-24 years) showed that Providence County had a gonorrhea prevalence rate of less than 300 per 100,000 population. Syphilis cases were highest in the county, with over 2.21 incidences.
According to the research, chlamydia’s morbidity rate was the highest in Providence County. Health facilities reported a rate of between 100.1 and 3000 cases per 100,000 persons.
With 80% of all STD cases occurring in Providence County, the Rhode Island HIV and STD Prevention Coalition focuses on bridging both local health organizations and health centers to intervene in fighting the spread of HIV/STDs. It does that through mass awareness, partnerships, and sexual health education.
The county health dept has managed to avail several STD testing centers. You may visit the AIDS Project Rhode Island clinic situated on Pleasant St. The center may provide testing for syphilis, HIV, and Hepatitis C on a walk-in basis. You may also receive treatment and counseling and consultations with case management experts.
On Broad Street, you may get tested for STDs at the Planned Parenthood clinic. Clients may also receive drug prescriptions and confidential counseling. The health workers might provide STD prevention such as condoms and immunizations for Hep B.
Alternatively, other clinics might offer free STD testing, but there are downsides. The opening hours may inconvenience you and there may be extended waiting hours.