The historic city of Schenectady, NY, is in the midst of an STD outbreak with 875 new cases of chlamydia in 2017, an increase of 44 diagnoses from the previous year.
It’s not just chlamydia. County health officials also reported an increase in gonorrhea with the number of diagnoses doubling between 2015 and 2017.
The New York State Department is concerned about a spike in HIV diagnoses in Schenectady County. From 2015 to 2016, the number of new cases went up by 16 percent. In 2017, new diagnoses doubled from 2016.
STD testing is available throughout the Capital Region with several locations in the City of Schenectady. The area has a few Planned Parenthood health centers including one in the city’s downtown, which is also on a main bus route.
Another location along the main bus route is the Hometown Health Center that provides STD testing, treatment, and follow-up care. They have a second location nearby in the city of Amsterdam. The county health department’s testing occurs at the Schenectady clinic.
The Ellis Hospital primary care facility at the former St. Claires Campus provides STI and HIV screenings. The location also offers a treatment program for HIV patients following a positive test.
While free STI screenings might be available, there is no guarantee you can get a fast appointment to treat immediate concerns and possible symptoms. Plus, the clinic may have income requirements for free STD testing.