There was a slight decline in the number of HIV infections in Medford, Suffolk County. The infections dropped from 2,997 at a rate of 237 in 2013 to 2,956 at a rate of 233 in 2018.
The rate of Chlamydia infections rose over the years, and the cases were high in the young population. It rose from 3,964 at a rate of approximately 280 in 2015 to 4,917 at a rate of 352.2 in 2017.
There was a steady increment in the rate of Gonorrhea infections over the years from about 47 cases per 100,000 individuals to approximately 55 per 100,000 in 2017.
The rate of Syphilis infections was lower compared to other STIs, and it declined over the years. For instance, the rate of infections dropped from 11.6 in 2015 to 10.9 in 2019.
To reduce the number of HIV/STD Infections in the county, the Suffolk County Department of Health has developed a holistic approach that provides people infected with HIV/STI infections with access to prevention services and routine testing.
Medford residents can access HIV/STD services at some of the city hospitals like the CityMD Farmingville Urgent Care – Long Island and the Planned Parenthood – Patchogue Health Center. They may also consider Brookhaven Memorial Hospital Medical Center or the Long Island Community Hospital which are just around the neighborhood.
If you are interested in free STD testing, you may visit some of the city health centers. However, doctor consultation may not be available, and results may be delivered between 2 to 3 weeks.