Connecticut – Testing.com, a trusted informational guide for medical lab testing and at-home screening, has recognized Anchor Health Initiative as one of the best community-based organizations in New Haven for providing vital services, such as free or low-cost STD testing and treatment, to fight the growing STD epidemic.
Research shows that the most reported STDs in New Haven are chlamydia, gonorrhea, and syphilis. Chlamydia is the most common STD in New Haven, with an infection rate in 2018 of 554.1 per 100,000 people, according to data produced by the CDC. While not as common as chlamydia, according to information provided by the Connecticut Department of Health, gonorrhea infections grew by 97% between 2014 and 2018. Although overall infection rates are lower than other STDs, the incidence of early and latent syphilis, together with primary and secondary syphilis, more than doubled in Connecticut over the 10 years between 2009 and 2018. In response to this public health crisis, it’s critical that local organizations offer the community free and low-cost resources to help prevent the spread of STDs.
Testing.com’s report aims to educate the public about the current health crisis and encourage people in the community to reach out to local organizations for testing and treatment options.
About Anchor Health Initiative
Anchor Health Initiative is a health care provider offering medical services to everyone in the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) community with particular expertise in the area of HIV/AIDS, hepatitis C, and transgender medicine. The mission of Anchor Health Initiative is to embrace and promote the health and well-being of LGBTQ individuals and others living in our communities by providing compassionate, comprehensive, and evidence-based medical care in a safe, welcoming, and non-judgmental environment.
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