As with many communities in the country, Erie County, including West Seneca, NY, saw a rise in both chlamydia and gonorrhea rates from 2016 to 2017.
County reports show that the number of reported gonorrhea cases increased from 5,201 cases in 2016 to 5,571 cases in 2017. Chlamydia rates also rose from 1,874 reported cases in 2016 to 2,039 reported cases in 2017.
However, the county saw a decrease in the number of syphilis rates during the same timeframe. The number of early latent cases dropped from 87 reported cases in 2016 to 83 reported cases in 2017, and the number of primary and secondary stage syphilis cases declined from 60 reported cases in 2016 to 55 reported cases in 2017.
According to New York State’s 2017 HIV/AIDS Annual Surveillance Report, there were 91 newly reported cases of HIV in Erie County and 1,140 county residents were living with HIV or AIDS at the end of 2017.
STD testing options are limited in West Seneca, NY, but medical centers, such as Planned Parenthood – West Seneca Medical Center and Southgate Medical Group may provide HIV or STD testing. In addition, numerous private physician offices and medical facilities might provide STD testing. Many of these practices are located on or near Center Road, Seneca Street, or Potters Road.
You can also drive 10 miles northwest into Buffalo, where you will find additional clinics that might offer STD and HIV testing, such as the Erie County Sexual Health Clinic, Planned Parenthood – Buffalo Medical Center, Kaleido Health and Family Planning Center, Evergreen Health, and Community Health Center of Buffalo.
Some clinics may offer free STD testing, but some of these health care centers may not disclose additional fees upfront. In addition, some clinics may not allow you to schedule an appointment, which means you may incur long wait times during walk-in hours.