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Long Island's oldest and largest AIDS service provider since 1986

Sexually Transmitted Diseases

STDs are spread from person to person through vaginal, anal, or oral sex. Some STDs, however, are also transmitted by skin-to-skin contact. Some of the most common STDs are: HIV, Chlamydia, genital herpes, genital warts (HPV), gonorrhea, hepatitis B, syphilis and trichomoniasis.

Statistics-

  • 1 in 4 (26%) female adolescents in the United States has at least one of the most common sexually transmitted diseases (human papillomavirus (HPV), chlamydia, genital herpes, trichomoniasis). (The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), 2008 National STD Prevention Conference)

  • Nearly half of young black teenage women (48%) in the United States were infected with an STD, compared to 20% of young white women. (The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), 2008 National STD Prevention Conference)

  • As many as 1 in 4 sexually active teenagers will contract an STD in their lifetime. Teenagers - as an age group - comprise the largest number of STD cases in the United States. (The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), 2004)

  • In 2003, the Suffolk County Department of Health reported 1,572 cases of chlamydia at a rate of 107.8 per 1.4 million Suffolk County residents.

  • According to the Suffolk County Department of Health, there were 1,190 reported cases of chlamydia in 2002 compared to 1,572 reported cases of chlamydia in 2003; showing an increase of 24%.

  • In 2003, Suffolk County Department of Health reported 470 cases of gonorrhea at a rate of 32.2 per 100,000 people.

  • According to the Nassau County Department of Health, there were 1,903 reported cases of chlamydia in 2004 compared to 2,376 reported cases of chlamydia in 2007; showing an increase of 20%.

  • In 2005, the Nassau County Department of Health reported that inmates accounted for 20% of early syphilis, almost nine percent of gonorrhea cases, and 17% of chlamydia cases.

  • In 2006, the Nassau County Department of Health reported 2,229 cases of chlamydia, 416 cases of gonorrhea and 137 cases of syphilis. The Department has made syphilis management one of its highest priorities.

How are STDs and HIV connected?

  • Individuals who are infected with STDs are at least two to five times more likely than uninfected individuals to acquire HIV if they are exposed to the virus via sexual contact

  • If an HIV-infected individual is also infected with another STD, that individual is more likely to transmit HIV during sexual contact with other individuals who may not be infected. This is because the concentration of HIV in the semen is greater in individuals infected with another STD versus those who are only HIV-infected

  • If you suspect that you have contracted an STD or HIV contact you health care provider. LIAAC can assist you by providing:

    1. Free, confidential HIV testing for anyone age 18 and older
    2. Education concerning any Sexually Transmitted Disease
    3. Referrals to health centers, test sites, physicians, screening and hospitals.

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