A New Hampshire city is offering free testing for sexually transmitted illnesses this Thursday as a result of it encourages its residents to not “give your Valentine anything but love” on this sweetheart-themed trip. It’s the second time the Nashua Division of Public Health and Community Service hosts the Valentine’s Day event, which contains same-day testing for STDs, hepatitis C and HIV.
“Setting the stage for a romantic Valentine’s Day requires more than flowers or chocolates – a sexually healthy celebration of love requires education, testing and communication,” an event posting on the Nashua authorities site reads. “Perhaps the best gift for this February 14th is getting tested for STDs, HIV and Hepatitis C.”
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Organizers hope the Valentine’s Day-theme help reduce the stigma surrounding STDs, and encourages dialogue amongst members. There may even be giveaways, along with reward taking part in playing cards for early members, and snacks.
“We’re going to have our clinic decorated so people feel welcome,” Jessica Ayala, program assistant, knowledgeable the Nashua Telegraph. “It’s really just to make people comfortable and open to talk about the prevention piece and just being away of it.”
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In August, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reported that STDs have been on the rise on the U.S., with a reported 2.3 million cases of chlamydia, gonorrhea and syphilis recognized in 2017. That amount surpassed the doc set in 2016 by better than 200,000 cases.
“We’re sliding backward,” Johnathan Mermin, director of CDC’s National Center for HIV/AIDS, Viral Hepatitis, STD and TB Prevention, had said. “It is evident the systems that identify, treat and ultimately prevent STDs are strained to near-breaking point.”
The data had revealed a 67 % improve in gonorrhea diagnoses, which frightened officers due to the rising menace of untreatable strains. While main and secondary syphilis diagnoses went up by 76 %, chlamydia remained basically essentially the most usually reported to the CDC, with nearly half of the model new cases occurring in females ages 15 to 24.
Thursday’s event is being held on the Community Health Clinic between 10 a.m. and 7 p.m., which might be extended hours.