Sitting on the south end of Cayuga Lake is the city of Ithaca in Tompkins County, New York. Reports from the county health data show that the rate of syphilis is 5.7, chlamydia is 356.4, gonorrhea is 77.2 and HIV is 163.6 for every 100,000 people.
Tompkins County saw an alarming increase in sexually transmitted infections (STIs) in 2016, according to the Tompkins County Health Department, with the use of mobile “hook-up” apps and online dating sites identified as one of the main factors contributing to a rise in anonymous, unprotected sexual encounters.
Public health in Ithaca is managed by the Tompkins County Health Department. The county offers testing, develops posters, media, and brochures as education materials, and hosts a radio spot for the Talk-Test-Treat campaign.
There are options to choose from when looking for a testing site in Ithaca. There is an urgent care clinic on South Meadow St, an Ithaca Health Alliance clinic on West Seneca St, and an Ithaca Pregnancy Center on West Green St.
Planned parenthood has a location in Ithaca on West Seneca St. Other options include the Southern Tier AIDS Program clinic on West State St and the Tompkins County Health Department clinic on Brown Rd.
While some clinics may offer free STD testing, other clinics may only offer services if you meet certain income and welfare eligibility requirements. Wait times for testing may also be long or appointments might be required.