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MGH Cox 5
55 Fruit Street, Boston
T, Th, F: 8:30 - 11:00 a.m.
W: 1-3 p.m.

Chelsea Health Center
151 Everett Avenue, Chelsea
T: 1:30- 3:30 p.m.
Th: 3-6 p.m.

Many people have chlamydia … and don’t even know it.


Sexually active females aged 25 and younger should get tested every year.






Generally, sexually transmitted diseases that are caused by
bacteria or parasites are easy to treat. Often one dose or injection of antibiotics can do the trick. Viruses, on the other hand, are not curable, but can be treated. More



Chlamydia knocks


Courtesy of Hyde Square Task Force

Early detection still key to beating the odds

Merilin Castillo, 18, has the next phase of her life pretty much set. She plans to enter Harvard College in the fall to study U.S. history and social science.

At the moment other matters hold her interest — sex. But not the way it sounds. Actually, it’s sex education. Castillo realized that, while she had access to accurate sex information at Milton Academy, many of her peers in the Boston Public Schools (BPS), were not so privileged. More

Never too old to learn — or be tested

STDs are not just for kids anymore. At least that’s what people aged 45 and older are now learning. It could be because people are living longer or maybe it’s the baby boomers that just refuse to admit to advancing age. In all probability, the biggest culprit is ignorance. More


Knowledge is the
best defense

Every year, an estimated 19 million people find they have sexually transmitted diseases (STDs). The bad news isn’t distributed equally. Nearly half are ages 15 to 24. Reported rates of chlamydia and syphilis were roughly nine times higher among African Americans than among whites, and gonorrhea more than 20 times higher, according to 2009 figures from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. That year, 44 percent of new HIV cases occurred among African Americans. More