In 2016, Erie County had an HIV prevalence rate of 289.6 per 100K people. This is well below New York’s average rate of 759.7, but higher than many of the surrounding counties. The same year, Erie County had a chlamydia rate of 563.7 per 100K people, which was just above the New York rate of 552.8. The county’s gonorrhea and (primary and secondary) syphilis rates were 203.1 and 6.5.
Health officials are worried because many of the infections were diagnosed in teens.
Teens were born after the AIDS crisis had largely passed, and they didn’t see all the deaths in the ‘80s, so they have less of a fear of unprotected sex than older generations. Also, many teens don’t realize STIs are also spread through oral sex. Health officials stress that sexually active people should use protection every time and be tested often.
Western New York Immediate Care on Niagara Falls Blvd does STD testing, as does Well Now Urgent Care on Transit Rd. Womens Wellness Associates, also on Transit Rd, performs confidential STI testing. There are other options in the area, and even more in Buffalo, and you may be able to find free STD testing there.