Health officials are worried about the high STD rates in Worcester, especially the fact that condom use has decreased. They advocate better sex education for youth and regular STD testing.
Social stigma can prevent youth and LGBTQ individuals from seeking treatment, but STD-testing clinics are discreet. Don’t be afraid to get tested.
In 2015, 43 people were diagnosed with HIV, for a rate of 6.2 per 100K people. In 2016, there were 2,582 chlamydia cases, with a rate of 315.3. The gonorrhea rate for the same year was 36.4, and it was 5.7 for primary and secondary syphilis, with one case of congenital syphilis in Worcester County. While those numbers are under the Massachusetts rates, the problem is that they’re going up.
At least one organization provides free STD testing on a walk-in basis (there may be a wait, increasing the likelihood someone will see you there). AFC Urgent Care Worcester provides lab testing services, including STDs, at two locations: Stafford St and Boylston St.
Planned Parenthood is located on Pleasant St and offers testing for all STDs and treatment for all except HIV at affordable prices.