Sexually Transmitted Diseases (STDs) are infections that are spread from person to person through sexual contact. This includes not only sexual intercourse, but oral sex, anal sex and the sharing of sex toys. These diseases can be passed through any contact between the genitals of one person and the genitals, anus or mouth of another person.
Niagara County Department of Health (NCDOH) Sexually Transmitted Disease (STD) clinics are held every Monday* and Wednesday* from 9:30 am to 3:00 pm. The clinic is located on the first floor of the Trott Access Center, 1001 11th Street, Niagara Falls, New York 14301.
*Please note. The STD clinic will be closed on the following dates in 2014: January 1, January 20, February 17, May 26, September 1, October 13th. To view the NCDOH calendar, including dates of STD Clinic, go to Events.
Services are available for anyone 12 years of age and older.
No appointment is necessary, and clinics are free and confidential.
Confidential testing and treatment is offered for Chlamydia, Gonorrhea, Syphilis and other sexually transmitted diseases. Treatment is provided as indicated by examination results for genital warts, genital herpes and other conditions such as crabs and scabies. Clients qualifying as a high-risk are also screened for Hepatitis C. Immunization against Hepatitis A and B are offered at the STD clinic for clients 19 years of age and older.
Confidential HIV testing is done at the request of the client. Post-test counseling and referrals are available for all individuals tested for HIV.
Did you know?
•The CDC estimates 19 million new STD infections occur every year in the United States, nearly half among young people ages 15 to 24 years of age.
•Yearly physicals or gynecological exams do not routinely include STD or HIV testing.
•Having an STD can increase your chance of getting HIV if exposed to the virus.
•Most women and 50% of men have no symptoms.
•All STD’s are treatable and most are curable.
•Untreated STD’s can cause life long problems, including:
- Chronic abdominal (lower belly) pain
- Abnormal pregnancies or the inability to have children
- Harmful effects on pregnancy and newborn babies
- Can affect the heart or brain
- Can even cause death
Who should get tested?
Anyone who has had any form of sexual activity with a person whose STD or HIV status is unknown.
How to help prevent infection:
•Abstinence is the best way to prevent an STD infection.
•If you are sexually active:
- Use a water-based lubricated latex or polyurethane condom with each sex act.
- Use a dental dam when having oral sex.
- Do not share drug equipment.
- Limit your number of sex partners. Having only one sexual partner whom is uninfected who only has sex with you is safest.
- Do not have sex with a partner whose status is unknown.
For more information about STDs, HIV or the services provided by the NCDOH STD Program, call (716) 278-1900.