Jesse Nash Health Center
Family Planning Center
North West Buffalo Health Center
Buffalo Health Center
West Seneca Health Center
North Tonawanda Office
Buffalo serves as the seat for Erie County and is the second-largest city in New York. The Buffalo region, which consists of Erie, Niagara, and six other core counties, saw a decrease in diagnoses of chlamydia, still the most reported STD in the region, but saw increases in gonorrhea and syphilis cases, especially among men.
The Buffalo region had 7,798 chlamydia cases reported in 2018, which works out to a rate of 538.9 per 100,000 residents. The number of diagnoses reflected a dip compared to the 7,824 cases in 2017, but it was still higher than the 7,604 cases reported in 2016. Cases among females were nearly twice as high as among men, with 5,152 diagnoses in women for a rate of 726.6 compared to 2,646 in men for a rate of 359.5. Chlamydia infections among young females remained troubling, with 3,756 cases reported among those between the ages of 15 and 24 for a rate of 3,834.6 per 100,000 residents.
Gonorrhea cases in the Buffalo region increased in 2018, with 2,856 diagnoses for a rate of 197.7 per 100,000 residents compared to 2,743 diagnoses for rate of 190.6 in 2017. However, gonorrhea infections in 2017 reflected an even bigger jump compared to 2016 when there were 2,433 cases for a rate of 168.5. As seen in previous years, documented incidents among men surpassed those seen in women, with 1,570 male diagnoses for a rate of 214.3 compared to 1,286 female diagnoses for a rate of 182.
The Buffalo region saw 108 early non-primary, non-secondary syphilis and primary and secondary syphilis cases for a rate of 7.8 per 100,000 residents. This number included 47 early diagnoses and 61 primary and secondary diagnoses and reflected a jump in cases compared to the previous year. There were 95 infections of early and primary and secondary syphilis in 2017, which had dropped from the 102 reported in 2016. Like previous years, cases among men were much higher. Early and primary and secondary diagnoses among men in 2018 totaled 97 cases for a rate of 13.9, while those among women totaled 11 for a rate of 1.6.
An STD doesn’t always produce noticeable symptoms, but an infected person can still pass it on to others. Undiagnosed STDs also put individuals at risk of serious health issues the longer they go untreated, but most STDs can be cured with appropriate treatment. Prompt discovery of an STD can help prevent its spread, which is why regular screening is so important in sexually active adults. Individuals will find several resources in Buffalo that offer free or low-cost testing and treatment for the most common STDs.
Sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) remain one of the most critical public health challenges facing the United States, with approximately 26 million new STD infections occurring every year. Nearly half of these new infections affect young people ages 15 to 24.
Community-based organizations are a vital first line of defense in the fight against STDs and HIV/AIDS in particular. They generate awareness and foster social change while providing access to testing and treatment.
You may not be aware of all the STD resources available in Buffalo that can help prevent the spread of STDs. Get connected with these community organizations that are leading the fight against STDs and HIV/AIDS with resources and support:
The Erie County Sexual Health Clinic is a first-come, first served walk-in clinic. When services aren’t available here, individuals over age 18 are referred to Evergreen Health. Clinic hours are Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. Anyone aged 12 or older can utilize the clinic’s services, including testing for chlamydia, gonorrhea, syphilis, HIV, hepatitis C, herpes, trichomoniasis, and other infections. No one is denied services based on ability to pay. It also provides free condoms and PrEP and PEP services.
608 William Street
Buffalo, NY 14206
Evergreen Health accepts appointments and walk-ins for chlamydia, gonorrhea, syphilis, HIV, and hepatitis C testing at no charge for individuals aged 18 and older. Those testing positive for an STD receive medication, billed to their insurance company or as a sliding-scale fee for qualifying uninsured individuals. Ongoing medical care for HIV or hepatitis can be scheduled with Evergreen providers. Evergreen is a leading provider of PrEP and offers free condoms and extra services, including support groups, mental health counseling, substance abuse counseling, transportation assistance, and a food pantry.
206 South Elmwood Avenue
Buffalo, NY 14201
Multiple Buffalo locations
CompassCare offers HIV and STD testing for chlamydia, gonorrhea, syphilis, hepatitis B, bacterial vaginosis, herpes simplex virus 1 and 2, trichomonas, scabies, pediculosis pubis (crabs), and yeast infections, with STD treatment or referrals when necessary. STD services are free without co-pay for Medicaid-insured patients, but a $20 voluntary donation is requested from individuals without Medicaid to help cover lab fees. Free vouchers are available for those unable to donate. Same-day and next-day appointments are often available when calling for appointments on weekdays from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m.
1230 Eggert Road
Buffalo, NY 14226
Pride Center offers quick, easy gonorrhea, syphilis, and rapid blood HIV testing free of charge. Its expanded HIV testing services include on-site and mobile unit testing and FDA-approved, in-home HIV test kits for individuals aged 17 or older. The Center hours are Monday through Thursday from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. with appointments required for testing. It also provides free condoms and a range of workshops that focus on the sexual health of LGBTQ+ individuals.
200 South Elmwood Avenue
Buffalo, NY 14201
Kaleida Health provides STD testing and treatment and HIV testing, counseling, and referrals for men and women. STD services include chlamydia, gonorrhea, syphilis, and rapid and conventional blood HIV testing. It also offers pregnancy testing, treatment for common vaginal infections, and HPV and hepatitis A and B vaccines. Clinic hours are Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Fridays from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and Thursdays from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. All major insurance is accepted with a sliding fee scale based on income available to uninsured patients.
1313 Main Street
Buffalo, NY 14209
Multiple Buffalo locations
Planned Parenthood of Central and Western New York operates the Buffalo Health Center, providing HIV testing and STD testing and treatment for chlamydia, gonorrhea, syphilis, herpes, bacterial vaginosis, trichomoniasis, and genital warts. It provides dental dams, male and female condoms, Gardasil HPV vaccines, and STD/safer sex education. STD services are available by appointment during all clinic hours, which are Mondays from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Wednesdays from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., and Fridays from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
2697 Main Street
Buffalo, NY 14214
The Neighborhood Health Center provides walk-in pregnancy testing, HIV counseling and rapid testing with same-day results, as well as STD testing and treatment for chlamydia, gonorrhea, syphilis, herpes, and hepatitis B and C. It offers HPV and hepatitis A and B vaccines and accepts Medicare, Medicaid, and most health insurance plans. Uninsured/underinsured individuals may qualify for sliding fee discounts based on income and household size. Appointments are required, with clinic hours on Mondays and Wednesdays from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
155 Lawn Avenue
Buffalo, NY 14207
Multiple Buffalo locations