Suffolk County recorded 106 cases of new HIV infections in 2018. That was a slight increase from the 103 cases reported in 2017 and a decrease from the 107 count that was recorded in 2016.
Chlamydia recorded the highest number of infections in comparison to other STDs. The county noted an increase in the number of new infections over the years, as it recorded 5,127 cases at a prevalence rate of 368.4 in 2018. Previous records show 4,917 new cases at a prevalence rate of 353.4 in 2017, and 4,506 at a prevalence rate of 321.4 in 2016.
In 2016, the county noted 161 new cases of early syphilis at a prevalence rate of 11.6. The number dropped to 150 in 2017 and 151 in 2018, occurring at a prevalence rate of 10.8 and 10.5.
Gonorrhea cases drastically increased to 760 in 2017 at a rate of 55.3 per 100,000 people from 573 cases recorded in 2016 at a prevalence rate of 41.7. The infection rate further rose to 786 at a prevalence rate of 56.4 in 2018.
Suffolk County’s Office of Health Education offers STD and HIV education in high schools and colleges, educating teens and young adults on responsible sexual behavior and STD prevention methods. It also engages community organizations, focusing on creating awareness and encouraging individuals to get tested.
Residents in North Amityville can visit Planned Parenthood – Massapequa Center and All Family Medicine for confidential STD screening.
Residents can access free STD testing, but the eligibility might depend on income and welfare provisions. Also, free services may be for specific STDs and not all.