Over the past few years, Erie County, where Depew, NY, is a village, has experienced a relatively constant HIV prevalence rate of 2,114 per 100,000 individuals in 2017 and 2,177 in 2018 and 2019. A rate of 2,289 in 2020 represents a 5.1% increase from that recorded in the previous year.
Chlamydia infections in the county increased by 7.3% to a rate of 623.5 per 100,000 individuals in 2017 from 581.0 recorded in the previous year. The rate remained relatively constant in 2018 at 611.4.
There was an escalation in the number of county residents diagnosed with Gonorrhea infections from 2015 to 2018 at an incidence rate of 191.7 and 252.2 per 100,000 persons, respectively.
Syphilis infections remained relatively constant, with a rate of 10.0 and 10.6 per 100,000recorded in 2016 and 2018, respectively. Males reported the highest number of infections, accounting for 90.1% of the infections recorded in 2018.
In collaboration with the New York State Department of Health, the Erie County Health Department coordinates various community outreach events and health fairs to improve access to HIV/STD screening and counseling. Its HIV/STD program also links individuals diagnosed with infections to appropriate advanced care resources and mitigates their spread. Other benefits include PrEP services for at-risk individuals, including commercial sex workers.
Residents in the village area can access quality STD/HIV testing services at various clinics such as Planned Parenthood – West Seneca Medical Center, Western New York Immediate Care – Cheektowaga, and Buffalo General Medical Center.
You can also visit some local hospitals to access free STD testing services, but screening hours and availability might not be consistent, and people will know why you’re there.