There was a significant rise in the number of HIV infections in Suffolk County, home to Holbrook, which is a census-designated place. The number rose from 2,840 at a rate of 228 in 2015 to 2,956 at a rate of 233 in 2018.
A slight reduction in the rate of Syphilis infections was noted in the health reports. The number dropped from 11.6 per 100, 000 individuals in 2015 to 10.9 per 100,000 people in 2017. The infections were rampant in the male population at a rate of 19.8 compared to the female population at a rate of 1.8 per 100,000.
The male population had higher Gonorrhea infections at a rate of 71.9 percent. This was almost double the rate of cases in women.
There was an upward trend in the rise of Chlamydia infections with the number doubling to a rate of almost 500 per 100,000 population in 2015. This was from the 281.5 rate in 2015.
Suffolk County Department of Health has responded to the increase in the number of HIV/STD infections by encouraging screening and testing as well as referrals in general health care facilities.
To access STD/HIV services in Holbrook, you may visit the Planned Parenthood – Patchogue Health Center.
Other hospitals you may consider include Brookhaven Memorial Hospital Medical Center, CityMD Sayville Urgent Care, and St. Catherine of Siena Medical Center.
Free STD testing may be offered in some of the hospitals in Holbrook. Despite that, multiple payments may not be available and some may only serve specific marginalized groups like the LGBTQ community.