Bethlehem, NY, a small town near New York State’s Capital city, Albany, is in the middle of an STD outbreak. Albany County, where the city is located, reported a high number of new gonorrhea diagnoses.
Between 2017 and 2017, the number of positive gonorrhea results went from 387 to 519. In 2017, men and women experienced a nearly even number of new infections. The highest rate of infection was among teenagers and young adults ages 15 to 19.
Chlamydia is also on the rise with the number of new diagnoses jumping from 1,692 in 2015 to 1,877 in 2017. The highest amount of chlamydia infections occurred with teenagers and young adults ages 15-19.
As of 2017, the county has 517 people living with HIV, and 32 of them are new diagnoses. County and state health agencies are worried about the rising number of HIV infections in the Albany area and are working to increase community awareness, education, and sexual health services to lower the rate.
There are dozens of places that provide STD testing in Bethlehem. Most offer treatment and follow-up care in the same facility. The area’s top location for screening services is the Albany Medical Center (AMC) AIDS Treatment Center at the corner of Princeton Dr and Clara Barton Dr in Albany. This clinic is away from the main hospital at a separate location.
The Albany County Department of Health operates an STI clinic at the intersection of Rensselaer St and Green Street. Access is available through bus route 716 with a stop on the same corner.
Some centers may offer free STD testing. You will need proof of income to apply for services and it might not include comprehensive care or convenient appointment times.