Long Beach, NY, is in the midst of an STD crisis that’s taking a toll on the seaside city in Nassau County.
The area’s chlamydia rate increased from 284 per 100,000 people in 2015 to 365 in 2017. Of the 4,561 new 2017 diagnoses, 2,954 were women, and 1,929 were teens and young adults ages 15 to 24.
Gonorrhea infections are also rising with 509 new cases in 2015 jumping to 717 in 2017. Of the 717 new diagnoses in 2017, 524 were men.
Health care providers in Nassau County are working to address the barriers to reducing the area’s growing STD rates by increasing access to education, testing, treatment, and follow-up services. Research shows most obstacles for the public is financial and access to care.
There are several locations that provide comprehensive STD testing near Long Beach. Many sites also include treatment and follow-up services. NuHealth operates a federally qualified health center in Freeport on S Bergen Pl. Off-street parking is available.
In Far Rockaway, the AIDS Center of Queens County offers STI services on the corner of Smith Pl and Foam Pl. Another option is the Joseph P Addabbo Family Health at the intersection of Beach Channel Dr and Beach 62nd St. The nearest bus stop is a block west at the corner of Beach Channel Dr and Beach 63rd St.
Free STD testing might be available at some sites. These facilities will need proof of income to provide services and they may not offer comprehensive testing.