Kingston, a city in the county of Ulster which forms part of The Hudson River valley in New York has over the past few years recorded concerning STD statistics according to county health statistics. According to the 2017 sexually transmitted diseases report, Chlamydia recorded the highest rates of diagnosis with 568 cases recorded in 2017 followed by Gonorrhea with 124 while Syphilis had a total of 16 cases.
In 2015 the total number of HIV cases recorded was 697 at a prevalence rate of 443 per 100000 residents. The year 2018 saw a drop in the number of HIV cases recorded with 599 cases at a prevalence rate of 381 per 100000 residents.
“When looking at the prevalence of sexually transmitted infections… Ulster County is really struggling. STD diagnosis are through the roof. STD rates have been on the rise for the past three years now.” Dr. Jonathan Mermin, a top C.D.C. official.
There are plenty of STD testing clinics in Kingston. Individuals who are sexually active are urged to take the initiative of getting tested and knowing their STD status. Several public and private offer STD testing services in and around Kingston. Some of the public facilities may offer low cost or even free STD testing though it might be dependent on income and welfare eligibility and the results might take too long due to the long queues.
Some of the public clinics that you may visit include; Planned Parenthood Clinic which has a state funded program for those who are uninsured. You can also visit Kingston Community Clinic and Urgent Care Clinic.