Perinton, NY, one of the cities in Monroe County, has had to deal with increasing rates of HIV and STD infections. In 2016, the county recorded astonishing numbers of transmission rates of gonorrhea, syphilis, and chlamydia, especially among young individuals below the age of 25 years.
In 2016, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), through a survey, showed that Monroe County reported 7,000 new infections every year. The county also has the second highest rate of chlamydia cases in New York. The rate of chlamydia infections was 631.5 per 100,000 persons.
These cases can be attributed to several risk factors. Some of them include unprotected sexual intercourse, multiple partners, age & gender, as well as abuse of intravenous drugs, which encourages the sharing of sharp injection needles.
According to the CDC, rates of gonorrhea have plummeted by 11% and chlamydia spiked by 9% from 2013 to 2017. However, syphilis cases shot by 191%; from 34 cases in 2013 to 99 cases in 2017.
Free STD testing is available in many community health centers in Perinton, NY. These health facilities have professional health workers who may offer testing services for both HIV and a selected number of STDs. The only downside to free/ low-cost services is that the facility may lack walk-in options.
Medical research labs across Monroe County may also provide STD testing, but the results come out after three days. Other public medical facilities are available in the North Central District which may provide HIV/ AIDS and STD testing.