HIV, chlamydia, gonorrhea, syphilis have been isolated as the most prevalent infectious diseases in New York. The recent number of STD infections indicate that much needs to be done to put an end to their spread.
According to a 2012 STD Analysis Report by Health Indicators Warehouse, Suffolk County, a region with a population of about 735,701 persons, recorded a chlamydia rate of 817.0 per 100,000 people. In the same year, the gonorrhea incident rate was 142.0.
Additionally, a 2017 STD Surveillance Report by the NY State Department of Health showed that there was a total of 151 cases of syphilis in Suffolk County.
For many years, people have refrained from getting tested due to stigma. The Stop HIV Stigma is a campaign aimed at empowering those who have HIV by shunning any form of stigmatization. It calls upon everyone to play a part in preventing discrimination of those infected with the virus.
For East Patchogue resident who’d like to know their status, the Suffolk County Health Department has several STD clinics which may offer testing services. They include clinics along, Sunrise Hwy, Amityville; E Main St, Patchogue; and the Middle County Rd, Coram.
Another option is the Long Island Association for AIDS Care (LIAAC) clinic along Adams Ave, Hauppauge. Instead, you can go to the LIGALY Health Center nestled along Park Ave, Bay Shore.
Other medical centers within East Patchogue might offer free STD testing. Some downsides of these services are that it may be difficult to hide the reason why you visited and multiple payment modes might not be available. In addition, the results may take longer to be processed and expedited.