Suffolk County has recorded variations in the count of new STD infections over the past years. The numbers depicted a slight upsurge from 103 in 2017 to 106 in 2018.
Primary and Secondary Syphilis cases decreased from 59 positive diagnoses occurring at a rate of 4.2 per 100,000 people in 2017 to 55 cases at a prevalence rate of 3.8 in 2018.
Early syphilis showed a steady count in both 2017 and 2018, with the years recording 151 new infections at a prevalence rate of 10.9 and 10.5.
Gonorrhea cases increased from 760 positive diagnoses, whose prevalence rate was 55.4 in 2017, to 786 infections that had a prevalence rate of 56.4.
Chlamydia displayed a rise in infections and prevalence rates. The numbers hiked from 4,917 at a rate of 352.2 in 2017 to 5,127 at a rate of 368.4 in 2018.
Suffolk County Department of Health Services’ mission is to protect the quality of the public’s health through multiple health incentives, including STD prevention programs and services.
The Immunization Action Program provides comprehensive medical care to children born of Hepatitis B-positive mothers.
Planned Parenthood – Huntington Health Center and Pride for Youth are some of the clinics residents can opt for while seeking STD services in the Huntington area.
Several facilities offer free STD testing, but that may be dependent on income and welfare eligibility. Additionally, you might have to wait for long periods before receiving your test results or fail to get prescription medication for after care.