Vestal is one of the towns in New York that have been affected by the recent surge in sexually transmitted diseases (STDs). According to a Sexually Transmitted Infections Surveillance Report released by the New York State Department of Health in 2017, Broome County had four cases of early syphilis reported in 2017.
The report further revealed that the county health officials had recorded 162 cases of gonorrhea in 2017 alone. Chlamydia was the most prevalent STD having reached 690 cases in Broome County by the end of the same year.
Data collected by the National Center for HIV/AIDS, Viral Hepatitis, STD, and TB Prevention (NCHHSTP) in 2010 showed that Broome County had 348 cases of HIV reported that year. 2010’s HIV prevalence rate in the county was 202.
Broome County Health Department is resolved on reducing the number of individuals affected by STDs in Vestal. The health department has been funding programs that provide STD tests to the residents of the region and helps them seek treatment if they are infected. Moreover, the department of health educates people on how they can prevent contracting the diseases.
If you feel that you need to be tested for sexually transmitted infections (STIs), you may visit the New York State Department of Health or the Lower Manhattan Health Center. You may also pay the US Department of Health & Human Services in New York City a visit for the STI tests.
Even though some public medical facilities near Vestal may be providing free STD testing services, you may have to pay to consult the doctor. Furthermore, booking appointments might be difficult as the doctors may not be always available. You may also be forced to wait in long queues as the free testing facility may crowded.