The beginning of September for Worcester is Pride season, with the parade and primary festival being held on Saturday the 9th. For more information please go to the events page at prideworcester.org/events
The history and meaning of pride was previously discussed in the post June Advocacy
A common side effect of Pride events is increased sexual contacts and for this reason I want to remind Worcester area residents of their confidential and supportive resource options to knowing their statuses with all STIs.
Aids Project Worcester has been on the scene addressing the queer communities health needs for over 35 years and provides walk-in services for HIV, Herpes, Syphilis, Gonorrhea, Chlamydia that are free and confidential. Hours for this service are provided Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday from 10 AM to 2 PM and on Wednesdays from 1 PM to 6 PM. They can be found at 165 Southbridge St.
Worcester also has a comprehensive Planned Parenthood clinic providing services to both individuals with male and female body structures as well as trans/intersex individuals. Their services require an appointment be made in advance and that can be done by calling the (508)854-3300.
Happy Pride and safe engagement in the community. Know your risks, know your status!