The 2016 Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) infectious disease epidemiology survey showed record-high rates of STDs in the US. Suffolk County was among the regions where STD rates continue to cause health problems.
A 2017 infections surveillance report by the New York State indicated that there were 59 incidences of primary and secondary syphilis in Suffolk County. It had a rate of 4.2 per 100,000 population. New gonorrhea diagnoses were 760. More than 500 of these cases occurred among men.
According to the report, the chlamydia pandemic mostly affected youths of ages 15-24 years. There were 2,372 reported chlamydia incidences among individuals of that demography.
The Economic Opportunity Council of Suffolk, Inc.’s Targeted Prevention and Supportive Service Program aims to provide quality and compassionate care to ensure HIV+ individuals can access quality treatment services. The program carries out community outreach programs and offers shelter to the infected population.
There is a considerable number of testing clinics where you may receive STD care. You may visit any of the Suffolk County Family Health Centers along Sunrise Highway in Amityville, or the one located at 1869 Brentwood Road.
Also, you can head to LIGALY health clinic located along Park Ave in Bay Shore town. Here, clients may receive STD care, including HIV/STD testing, and get the results within 20 minutes. The center may also provide safer sex tools such as condoms.
Other health centers may provide free STD testing, but you’ll have to wait longer than expected to receive the services. Also, some STD tests may require extra cash.