There was an increase in the overall rate of HIV infections in Smithtown, a town in Suffolk County. The rate of the infections rose from 227 per 100,000 persons in 2012 to 230 in 2016.
The rate of Chlamydia infections multiplied from 281.5 in 2015 to 320.9 per 100,000 by the end of 2016. The infections were pervasive in the female population, recording a rate of 506 per 100,000 persons compared to the rate of 216.6 in the male population.
A drop in the rate of Gonbnorhea infections was noted by the county health reports with the infections declining from 47.2 per 100,000 persons in 2015 to a rate of 41.7 in 2016.
A slight increment of Syphilis infections was noted in the county with the number rising from 161 at a rate of 11.6 in 2015 to 165 at a rate of 11.9 by the end of 2016.
To eradicate STD/HIV infections, the Suffolk County Department of Health has been lobbying for more funds that will make HIV/STD testing and treatment more accessible in clinics. Furthermore, the DOH provides a mobile testing unit (MTU) to reach communities like the homeless, sex workers, and injection drug users (IDU) who live in remote and underserved areas of the city.
You can check your sexual health in clinics like the CityMD Smithtown Urgent Care – Long Island or the Planned Parenthood – Smithtown Health Center. Other hospitals in the city where you can access testing services include St. Catherine of Siena Medical Center and the Mather Hospital.
Free STD testing is offered in some of the clinics but, doctor consultation might not be available and costs may not be upfront. Additionally, some of the tests may also not be comprehensive.