April marks STD awareness month across the country, and the Broome County Health Department is urging the community to talk with health care providers and partners regarding sexual health.
According to an estimate from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), there are an estimated 19 million new cases of STDs each year in the United States, with almost half of them among people ages 15 to 24.
In Broome County alone, cases of Chlamydia increased from 646 in 2015 to 703 in 2016. Cases of Gonorrhea increased from 185 to 199 during that same time frame.
Nationwide cases of Syphilis have also been on the rise, which is why the CDC is dedicating each week in April to a different aspect of Syphilis.
More information about this awareness campaign on a nationwide scale can be found on the CDC website here.
With the increase in cases across the board, the Broome County Health Department says more people need to learn about sexual health.
"We're trying to remind people that STDs are still a high concern and that people need to get in to get tested and treated," said Broome County Heath Department Nurse Practitioner, Jacqueline Kelchlin.
The Health Department at 225 Front Street has a confidential STD walk in clinic Tuesdays from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Wednesdays from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.
More information on the services, treatments, and payment options for STD services at the Broome County Health Department can be found on their website here.