The city faces an especially high STD prevalence across the Northeast area. Statewide there was a rate of 552.8 for chlamydia and 146.5 for gonorrhea per 100,000 residents.
In 2016 there were reported: 2,875 cases of HIV, 179 cases of Hepatitis C, 103 cases of Hepatitis B, 99 cases of Hepatitis A, 2,455 cases of syphilis, 109,433 cases of chlamydia, and 29,000 cases of gonorrhea. Compared to the reported statistics from 2015, only HIV and Hepatitis A rates saw any kind of decrease across the two years.
Albany County accounted for 459 cases of gonorrhea, 24 cases of HIV, and 60 cases of early stage syphilis in 2016.
In response, health professionals are calling for more widely offered and standardized STD testing, as well as the distribution of free condoms and needles to prevent further spread of these diseases. Free STD testing is something else health officials are pushing for, though it is still not readily available.
In Albany you can find testing services at Whitney Young Health on Lark Drive, the Albany County Department of Health on Green Street, and at the Pride Center of the Capital Region on Hudson Avenue.