In 2018, Suffolk County recorded 106 HIV cases, an increase from the previous year that reported 103 new infections. AIDS count for 2018 was 55, which was lower in comparison to 2017 that had 61 cases.
Chlamydia cases were the highest compared to other STD infections, with 5,127 cases at a prevalence rate of 368.4 in 2018. The cases had tremendously increased from the 2017 count, which recorded 4,917 at a rate of 352.2 per 100,000 population.
Gonorrhea infections were 786 at a rate of 56.4 per 100,000 people in 2018. The cases had surged from the preceding year that recorded a 760 count at a prevalence rate of 55.4.
In 2017, early syphilis infections were 151 at a rate of 10.9 per 100,000 perople and remained constant in the following year.
The Targeted Prevention and Supportive Service Program ensures persons living with HIV get the respect they deserve in society.
Services are free and include linkage to legal services, health and wellness education, individual and group level interventions, and substance abuse treatment.
The Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program provides medical care to underinsured and uninsured HIV-positive patients.
It offers both medical and support services, including health education, medical nutrition therapy, substance abuse outpatient care, and medical transportation.
Suffolk County residents can access STD/HIV testing services at Planned Parenthood – Huntington Health Center, Jamaica Sexual Health Clinic, PFY Suffolk, and LGBT Network The Hauppauge Center.
Some facilities may offer free STD testing services. The downside to that can be the services only being available to groups such as the LGBTQ community, payment for chargeable services being dependent on income and welfare eligibility, or the absence of prescriptions after testing positive.