Nassau County, where Wantagh lies, noticed a decrease in the number of HIV cases reported in 2018 as compared to 2017. Statistics recorded in 2018 showcased 79 cases of new infections, while 2017 recorded a count of 89.
Chlamydia indicated the highest number of infections as compared to other STDs. In 2018, the department recorded 4,784 cases at a prevalence rate of 381.6, which was higher than 4,561 cases at a prevalence rate of 364.6 reported in the previous year.
The county also noticed a significant increase in the number of reported Gonorrhea cases. 2018 and 2017 STD statistics indicated 752 new infections at a prevalence rate of 60.4 and 717 cases at a rate of 57.7 per 100,000 people respectively.
The number of early syphilis cases reported in 2017 was 168, while that of primary and secondary syphilis was 70. In 2018, the number of new infections slightly increased to 180 for early syphilis and decreased to 66 for primary and secondary syphilis.
The Ryan White Program that the county health department oversees offers financial assistance, client advocacy, dental services, and outpatient and ambulatory medical care to people living with HIV in Nassau County.
The residents of Wantagh can seek STD testing services in Jamaica Sexual Health, Planned Parenthood – Massapequa Center, and Long Island Crisis Center.
Individuals of a specific group, including teens, can receive free STD testing in some centers. However, the facilities might operate during inconvenient hours, and the walk-in option might not exist.