The annual 2018 surveillance report in Nassau County recorded 79 cases per 100,000 populations of new HIV infections. That was a slight decrease from the 89 and 112 cases reported in 2017 and 2016.
Chlamydia has recorded the highest count of STD infections over the years. In 2016, the health department reported 4,032 cases at a prevalence rate of 322.1. The number hiked to 4,561 at a prevalence rate of 363.2 in 2017. It further increased to 4,784 at a prevalence rate of 381.6 in 2018.
Gonorrhea cases have also significantly increased in the recent past. Statistics as of 2016 stood at 556 at a prevalence rate of 44.7, which rose to 717 at a prevalence rate of 57.3. In 2018, the health department recorded 752 new infections at a prevalence rate of 60.4.
Early Syphilis had the least number of infections. In 2018, the county recorded 180 cases, a slightly higher figure from the 164 cases reported in 2017 and lower than the 183 counts reported in 2016.
The county health department oversees the Ryan White Program, which offers client advocacy, financial assistance, ambulatory and outpatient medical care, and dental services to people living with HIV in Nassau County.
Planned Parenthood Nassau County and Quality Health Family Medical Care – Valley Stream are some of the facilities that residents can access STD testing services. Other options include Rapid Response Medical Care and Elmont Family Health Center.
Some medical facilities offer free STD testing, but that may only apply for specific diseases, and you may have to book an appointment, as walk-in options may not be available.