Central Islip, NY, a town in Suffolk County that borders Hauppauge, Long Island, and Brentwood, is in the middle of an STD crisis that’s not slowing down. All STIs are on the rise in the area.
From 2015 to 2017, Gonorrhea infections went from 662 to 760 with the rate jumping to 55 out of 100,000 people in 2017.
Between 2015 and 2017, the chlamydia rate increased at an alarming rate from 3,964 new diagnoses to 4,917 and a rate of 352 infections per 100,000 people. Syphilis is also making a comeback with 59 new cases in 2017.
Suffolk County and Islip town health officials are working to increase HIV awareness through education, more testing locations, and prevention services throughout the county’s ten towns in hopes to lower the area’s growing HIV rate. From 2010 to 2012, Islip had a higher rate than the entire county at 9.0 per 100,000 people.
Central Islip is near several locations that provide comprehensive STD testing services, which includes treatment and follow-up care when necessary. Hudson River Healthcare offers care at their Health Center at Brentwood at the intersection of 8th St, Leroy Ave, and Brentwood Rd. Access is available through the Ronkonkoma bus line.
Another choice is the Stony Brook Adolescent Medicine facility through Stony Brook Internal Medicine on Sunrise Hwy in Islip. Off-street parking is in front of the building.
Some area facilities may offer free STD testing and HIV screenings, but, they will require proof of income and might have hidden fees such as the cost of treatment or a follow-up appointment.