In 2016, Suffolk County recorded 107 new HIV diagnoses. The number decreased to 103 in 2017 and 106 in 2018. Persons newly diagnosed with AIDS were 60 in 2016 and increased by one to 61 infections in 2017. The cases saw a reduction in numbers to 55 in 2018.
Chlamydia infections were 4,506 in 2016, occurring at a prevalence rate of 321.4. The cases increased to 4,917 at a rate of 353.4 per 100,000 persons in 2017. In 2018, the infections surged to 5,127 at a rate of 368.4 in every 100,000 individuals.
In 2016, Gonorrhea recorded 573 cases at a rate of 41.7 per 100,000 persons. The count significantly proliferated to 760 at a prevalence rate of 55.3 in the following year. The number of new infections then hiked to 786 at a rate of 56.4 per 100,000 persons in 2018.
Early syphilis infections were 161 at a rate of 11.6 per 100,000 persons in 2016. They later decreased to 150 at a rate of 10.8 in 2017. The count then increased by one case bringing the total to 151 at a prevalence rate of 10.5 in 2018.
Suffolk County Health Department has the Targeted Prevention and Supportive Service Program that aims at delivering affordable care, treatment, and medication to HIV positive persons. The program provides mental health services, including counseling, to help individuals cope with their HIV status. It also offers linkage to substance abuse treatment and health and wellness education.
Kings Park residents can visit Planned Parenthood – Smithtown Health Center and Northport Comprehensive Care for HIV and STD testing.
While several clinics offer free STD testing, bookable appointments might not be an option. Also, prescriptions for after test care might not be available to people who test positive.