HIV infections in Suffolk County were 2,956 at a rate of 233 per 100,000 individuals in 2018. This was a slight deficit from 2017 which recorded 2,999 at a rate of 236 per 100,000 people.
Chlamydia, reporting the highest infections in comparison to other STDs, had 4,917 cases at a rate of 352.2 per 100,000 individuals. This was an increment from 2017 which had 4,506 infections at a rate of 320.9 per 100,000. Female infections were 3,390 at a rate of about 495 per 100,000 and male infections were 1,527 at a rate of 216.6 per 100,000.
Gonorrhea came in second place with 760 infections at a rate of 55.4 per 100,000 in 2017. Male infections, being the highest, were 501 at a rate of 71.9 per 100,000 while females reported 259 infections at a rate of 38.5 per 100,000.
Syphilis came in last with 151 infections at a rate of 10.9 per 100,000 individuals. There was a significant drop in the infections from 2016 which reported 165 infections at a rate of 11.9 per 100,000 individuals.
Suffolk County Government initiated the Division of Preventive Medicine to educate county residents on how to live a healthier life by preventing the spread of STDs. This will be achieved through public education initiatives and public health outreach programs.
Residents can visit hospitals like Riverhead Family Health Center and Dolan Family Health Center for STD testing services. Another alternative is Martin Luther King Jr. Community Health Center.
Bookable appointments may not be an option if you are seeking free STD testing, and you may have to visit the facility in inconvenient hours.