Montgomery County hosts Amsterdam city, and it reports both a rising and falling trend in STD counts. New HIV cases had a downward surge from 162 in 2017 to 126 in 2018.
Primary and Secondary Syphilis incidents slightly increased from one infection at a prevalence rate of 2.3 in 2017 to three positive diagnoses at a prevalence rate of 6.8 in 2018.
Early latent Syphilis cases dropped from two new infections at a rate of 5.3 per 100,000 people to one incident at a prevalence rate of 2.2.
Gonorrhea incidents lowered from 35 positive diagnoses occurring at a rate of 82.3 per 100,000 population in 2017 to 29 new infections registered at a prevalence rate of 68.4.
Chlamydia cases also saw a decline in case count, from 198 new positive diagnoses in 2017 to 153 in 2018.
Montgomery County has put in place STD prevention initiatives to reduce the spread of STDs in Amsterdam and the county at large. STD programs cover services such as testing, diagnosis, and treatment, as well as counseling and sex education.
STD positive individuals can benefit from the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program that provides healthy meals to low-income PLWA and their families.
Clinics that residents can turn to for STD screening include Planned Parenthood – Amsterdam Health Center, Schenectady County Health Clinic, and Carondelet Health Center.
Some medical facilities offer free STD testing, but these benefits may come alongside setbacks such as long wait times for service and receiving test results as well as inconvenient opening hours.