61st Street Family Health Center
South Shore Office 1
Preventive Medicine Clinic/STD
Staten Island University Hospital
Sunset Park Family Health Center
Seventh Avenue Family Health Center at NYU Langone
Park Ridge Family Health Center at NYU Langone
Staten Island Center
Elizabeth Health Center
Perth Amboy Center
Satellite Office II
Immunology and Infectious Diseases Department
Newark Beth Israel Medical Center
New Point Campus
While Staten Island has a measure of success with managing STDs among its population, these infections are still present and increasing. Three of the most common STDs in Staten Island are chlamydia, gonorrhea, and syphilis.
New York State has seen an increase in chlamydia every year since reporting began in 2000, with the exceptions of 2011 and 2012. In Richmond County, the rate of infection per 100,000 residents was 386.8 in 2018, demonstrating only a small increase from the 2017 rate of 384.1. While the rate of infection did rise between 2015 and 2018, it is still lower than the state average of 614.4 and the national average of 539.9. In the state, women have higher rates of chlamydia than men overall, but when it comes to individuals aged 29 and older, occurrences are higher in men than in women.
The rate of gonorrhea in Richmond County in 2018 was 95 per 100,000 residents. In comparison, the national frequency was 179.1, and the state average was 190.6. While these rates are an improvement over the national numbers, the rate of infection rose from 79.6 in 2017, an increase of 19.3%. Since 2006, gonorrhea cases in men have largely outnumbered those in women, but there are also increases in the number of cases in females. In 2018, there were 27,016 diagnosed cases of gonorrhea in men and 10,221 in women.
Syphilis isn’t as widespread as chlamydia or gonorrhea, but thousands of cases are still identified nationally every year. Richmond County physicians diagnosed 119 cases of syphilis in 2018, for a country rate of 26.1 per 100,000 residents. The state frequency was 51.9 per 100,000 residents. While the rates of infection have increased in both men and women, men are consistently diagnosed with syphilis at much higher rates than women in the state of New York. This may be because the disease spreads most often among men who have sex with men.
Many STDs are not serious and can be easily treated. However, if allowed to persist unchecked, STDs can lead to serious health problems down the line. It’s important for all sexually active individuals to be tested regularly to protect themselves and their partners. Fortunately, there are many free and low-cost clinics in and around Staten Island that provide confidential testing services.
Teen Rap provides STD testing and related services to young people aged 12 to 23. Tests for chlamydia, herpes, gonorrhea, HIV, human papillomavirus (HPV), and syphilis are available. The clinic offers free treatment for chlamydia, gonorrhea, and syphilis, and tests are free and confidential. Young people who want to get tested can schedule an appointment by texting, calling or emailing the center. Along with testing and treatment, Teen Rap provides physical exams, emergency contraception, and pregnancy testing.
242 Mason Avenue
Staten Island, NY 10305
Individuals in Staten Island and the surrounding areas can receive free rapid HIV tests at Community Health Action of Staten Island. HIV tests take about 30 minutes, and the clinic provides free condoms and barriers. If a test is positive, the individual will be contacted for a confirmatory test. Hepatitis C testing is also provided, and tests are conducted confidentially but not anonymously. Screenings are provided, and the center helps patients navigate their health insurance coverage and options.
26 Bay Street, First Floor
Staten Island, NY 10301
The nearest Planned Parenthood clinic, located in Elizabeth, New Jersey, provides HIV services and STD tests. Pricing is arranged on a sliding scale, and depending on income, some people may qualify for a free test. While tests must be conducted in person, treatment for STIs and STDs can be done through a telehealth visit. This clinic also provides emergency contraception, pregnancy testing, and birth control. The staff is fluent in English and Spanish, and interpreters are available if necessary. Appointments must be scheduled, and men’s and women’s health care are also available.
1171 Elizabeth Avenue
Elizabeth, NJ 07201
The Trinitas Regional Medical Center in Elizabeth, New Jersey, offers free rapid HIV testing for residents of New Jersey and nearby locations. Testing is offered to individuals aged 13 to 63. The center also provides PrEP to patients, regardless of their insurance status. People who test positive for HIV can receive treatment through the Trinitas system.
654 E Jersey Street Plaza Building State 161
Elizabeth, NJ 07206
Located less than 15 miles from Staten Island, the Fort Green Sexual Health Clinic in Brooklyn is a part of the New York Sexual Health Clinic system and provides low- or no-cost STI and HIV services. The fees are assessed on a sliding scale, and those with no insurance or an inability to pay can still be served. Walk-in services are available to anyone aged 12 and older, but calling ahead will increase your chances of being tested.
295 Flatbush Avenue Extension, Floor Two
Brooklyn, NY 11201