Between 2015 and 2016, the county of Rensselaer saw significant increases in STD rates, specifically for HIV, syphilis, and gonorrhea. The Capital Region in New York (which Rensselaer is a part of) saw a 76% increase in primary and secondary syphilis from 2015 to 2016, causing The New York State Department of Health to release an advisory warning to hospitals and institutions in the most impacted areas.
Rensselaer County has seen significant increases in chlamydia cases, especially for women. In 2009-2001, the number of chlamydia cases per year for women was 371 per 100,000. This increased by 15 percent to 423 per 100,000 in 2012-2014. For men, the rate of chlamydia cases increased by seven percent for those same years.
Senior Scholar at Johns Hopkins Center for Health Security, Dr. Amesh Adalja, stated, “It is possible that Americans became somewhat complacent about these diseases ... having a cure does not mean the diseases disappear from earth.” Adalja has seen an alarming increase in babies being born with STDs, and worries that some of the STDs will become more resistant to antibiotics.
The best way Americans can combat this std epidemic is with regular testing. A new partner should always mean getting tested. The city of Troy, NY has a few private clinics in the immediate area or nearby that individuals can go to for testing.
For those who do not have the ability to pay for testing, there are several public clinics in Troy offering free std testing. However, note that when using a public clinic you may have to wait in long lines and the results may not be immediately available to you.