As the nation continues to report rising cases of sexually transmitted infections/diseases, New York health officials have documented surprising numbers in the transmission rates of gonorrhea, chlamydia, syphilis, and HIV.
According to a 2017 STD surveillance report by the NY State Department of Health, the rate of syphilis in Warren County has risen, although the numbers remain low. In 2016, the county reported 3 cases of early syphilis with a rate of 5.3. In 2017, the number rose to four (4) cases, taking the rate to 7.1.
In another 2017 Public Health Assessment Report, the county reported a steady increase in gonorrhea cases since 2014. In 2017, the gonorrhea rate was 52.4 as compared to 27.4 in 2014. Additionally, the chlamydia rate had increased from 128.5 in 2015 to 296.3 in 2017.
With its headquarters in Queensbury, NY, the Hudson Headwaters Health Network spearheads the Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program that provides funds and technical support to health facilities. The initiative facilitates HIV and Hep C testing, STD primary care and support, as well as assistance to the infected population.
If you’d like to know your HIV/STD status, there are several clinical options you can choose. The Warren County Municipal Center at 1340 State Route 9 may provide appointment-free, STD/HIV care including testing for common STDs. Clients may also get rapid HIV testing.
Other medical facilities include the Planned Parenthood Clinic situated along North Park Ave NW. Here, you might get STD testing, screening, and treatment. You may also receive prevention tools and immunization services for HPV and Hepatitis.
Other nearby clinics may offer free STD testing, but the doctors may not be available on site or on phone. Also, the facilities might operate during inconvenient hours.