NEW YORK — The New York City Health Department has expanded its HIV and STD testing services as part of Mayor Bill de Blasio’s NYC Plan to End the AIDS Epidemic initiative, the department announced last week.
Anyone age 12 or older can be tested for HIV, gonorrhea, chlamydia and/or syphilis and can receive the tests even if they have no symptoms or known exposure.
Patients will not be required to see another health care provider unless it is necessary. City STD clinic locations and hours can be found at the agency’s website, nyc.gov/stdclinic.
“This expansion of services will connect more New Yorkers to care and is one component of our citywide effort to reduce health disparities,” said Health Commissioner Dr. Mary T. Bassett. “This city remains committed to providing affordable STD services and promoting safer sex for all. Being sure of your status is an essential part of a healthy and happy sex life. The only STD test you should worry about is the one you don’t take.”
The Health Department expects a 30 to 50 percent increase in numbers of visits after implementing screening visits for all.