Binghamton, NY is located in Broome County in upstate NY. Like most places in the country, Broome County and Binghamton, NY are also experiencing a higher rate of STD infections.
According to public health officials, between the years of 2009 and 2014, the last comprehensive period for which data is available shows an increase in the number of cases of Gonorrhea, Chlamydia, and syphilis. Total cases of Gonorrhea in Broome County increased from 72 to 98, with the total cases of Chlamydia increasing from 514 to 719.
Binghamton public health officials are attributing the rise of STD rates on an increasing number of people having unprotected sex. The reassuring news is that the spread of STDs can be prevented with education and testing.
Additionally, according to the Binghamton Tri-County HIV Network, there has been a 32% increase in the number of persons living with HIV in the Binghamton region. At the same time, the number of persons living with AIDS increased by 25%.
“Binghamton public health officials have stated that the growing number of STD cases has increased due to online data and social media use by Binghamton residents.”
There are numerous public free std testing centers in the Binghamton, NY region that may offer std testing services, while some may charge a nominal fee. There are also std testing sites that focus on youth, who are more vulnerable to STD’s. The bottom line is that you are proactive and get tested, especially if you have had or are having unprotected sex.