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Sexually Transmitted Disease Program

Provides screening and physician services for treatment of sexually transmitted diseases (STDs).

Sexually Transmitted Disease Program FAQ 

Q1. What does "STD" mean?

Answer: STD is short for "sexually transmitted disease". You may have heard the term "venereal disease", or VD. STD is the newer terminology.

Q2. What is the "STD Program"?

Answer: It is a program at Public Health Services that provides free diagnosis of STDs and free treatment of some STDs.

Q3. Which STDs are treated without cost?

Answer: Syphilis, Gonorrhea ("clap"), chlamydia, trichomonas ("trich"), and other less commonly known STDs.

Q4. How do I make an appointment?

Answer: Just call Public Health Services at 292-5910, and ask for extension 2212 or 2213.

Q5. How should I know if I need treatment?


If you are having any of the following symptoms: a discharge from the penis or vagina, burning, itching, a sore or sores, either painless, or painful, or your sexual partner has been diagnosed with an STD, you should seek treatment.

For more information, you can visit the NYSDOH's website at, or the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention at

Q6. When should I contact this program?

Answer: If you don't have private health insurance, medicaid or medicare, or ifyou do have insurance, but can't afford the co-pay or deductible, and you have reason to believe you may need treatment, call our program.