Commack, a hamlet in Suffolk County, NY, is a census-designated place of approximately 36,000 residents. Despite its small size, it forms part of one of the most populous counties in New York. According to a surveillance report in 2017, sexually transmitted infections are increasing in Suffolk County. #
In 2015, 3,964 cases of chlamydia were recorded, in 2015, this increased to 4,506, and in 2017, Suffolk County recorded its highest number of cases of 4,917.
In Suffolk County, 2,840 residents were living with HIV in 2017, a prevalence rate of 228. Just four years earlier, the prevalence rate was 214.
To combat the rise in STDs, the Suffolk County government division of Preventative Medicine, in conjunction with the office of Education, provides presentations on sexually transmitted infections and HIV/AIDS to high schools and colleges to encourage young adults to protect their sexual health.
Additionally, community-based initiatives such as the Long Island Association for AIDS care and LIGALY provide essential services and support to HIV-infected persons and those considered at high risk of HIV or other sexually transmitted infections.
The Suffolk County Department of Health Services is affiliated with nine family health centers across Long Island, and these centers also offer HIV testing services, education, and treatment.
Alternative facilities that provide STD testing and treatment include the urgent care facility in Mayfair Shopping Center on Jericho Turnpike.
Some other facilities might offer free STD testing, but doctor consultations might cost extra, and you may not be able to book urgent appointments.