Posts Tagged ‘STDs’

New Podcast Episode Video: PTSD & Sexual Assault

Thursday, December 10th, 2020


HVCS’ Andy Reid, Shakira Williams and Pat Ocasio talk with Prof. Sarah Espinosa, who teaches psychology at NYU, about the links between PTSD and sexual assault. This is part of our podcast series on sexual health. Learn more about our Women’s Services Program and our free STI (sexually transmitted infection) testing program.

Sexual Health In The Age of Coronavirus: Video Message

Monday, April 6th, 2020

Staying safe doesn’t end with social distancing: we still need to keep our sexual health in mind during the COVID-19 crisis. HVCS is here for you.

Andy Reid is one of our Sexually Transmitted Infection (STI) Testers.

View his other video message here.

New Podcast Episode: Testing for STDs: What You Need to Know

Wednesday, February 26th, 2020

Peer Health Alliance Podcast

In this episode of the PHA (Peer Health Alliance) Podcast, the team discusses all you need to know about getting tested for HIV, Hep C and other Sexually Transmitted Infections.

Listen and subscribe on iTunes and Spotify.

VIDEO: Your Questions About Safer Sex, Answered

Monday, March 18th, 2019


Got questions about the latest ways to reduce your risk for HIV, STDs and hepatitis C? So do lots of our followers. Members of our Education & Prevention Department went live on Facebook to answer them. In this video, we covered PrEP, PEP, how risky certain sexual behaviors are (or not), and how to reach our programs for more services!

Need free testing services? Contact us at (845) 704-7624 — you can call OR text! ? You can also email us to set up an appointment.

New Prevention Program for Women of Color Coming Soon

Thursday, September 21st, 2017
Woman of color

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HVCS is launching a new infectious disease prevention program this December specifically for women of color. Our new Women’s Services Program will help prevent new HIV, STD, and hepatitis C infections among minority women in Dutchess, Orange, Rockland and Westchester counties. The program aligns with New York State’s “End the Epidemic” plan to increase the number of women who know their HIV/STD/HCV status and increase the number of women linked to medical care.

The Women’s Services Program will use a trauma-informed approach to outreach and prevention, since many women at high risk for these infections live with traumatic pasts or present-day circumstances, including abuse, homelessness, poverty, and immigrant status.

Our initial contract will run for five years, and we aim to serve at least 300 women each year. We look forward to sharing more news about this exciting and important new program in the future.

April is STD Awareness Month

Tuesday, March 23rd, 2010

(from the CDC website)

April is STD Awareness Month, an annual observance to raise awareness about the impact of sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) on the health of Americans and the importance of individuals discussing sexual health with their healthcare providers and, if sexually active, their partners.

STDs are a major public health issue:

* CDC estimates that there are approximately 19 million new cases of STDs each year in the United States, almost half of them among young people ages 15 to 24.
* STDs have an economic impact: direct medical costs associated with STDs in the United States are estimated at $15.9 billion annually.

Vaccines offer protection against two common sexually transmitted viral infections: hepatitis B and Human Papillomavirus (HPV). CDC recommends their use for people at risk.

* While serious health threats from STDs cross racial and ethnic lines, disparities persist at too high a level.
* Higher rates of the most commonly reported STDs persist among African-Americans and Hispanics when compared to whites.
* Most STDs have been associated with increased risk of HIV transmission.

Many STDs do not have any symptoms, so many of those who are infected don’t know it. The only way to know for sure is to get tested.
The Importance of Testing

To reduce the impact of STDs, it is important to increase knowledge about sexually transmitted infections and make STD testing a part of routine medical care. Because many STDs have no symptoms, those at risk need to get tested and find out if they are infected.

Chlamydia is one of the most common STDs, especially among young women. CDC recommends that all sexually active women younger than age 26 get tested for Chlamydia once a year. Women who are older than 26-years-old should be tested if they have a new or multiple sex partners.

Getting tested and treated for Chlamydia can reduce new cases of pelvic inflammatory disease (PID) by over 50 percent, according to a study in a managed care setting. Women with PID can experience pregnancy complications, infertility, chronic pain, and irreversible damage to their reproductive organs. Reducing the impact of PID among women also requires men to be tested and treated for Chlamydia to reduce new cases. Recent studies have shown that many young women who have been diagnosed with Chlamydia may become re-infected by male partners who have not been diagnosed or treated.

CDC’s Sexually Transmitted Diseases Treatment Guidelines recommends that sex partners of infected patients be treated to prevent re-infection of the patient and transmission of the infection to others and those with Chlamydia be re-tested for the infection approximately three months after treatment. CDC also recommends that sexually active men who have sex with men (MSM) be tested for chlamydia, as well as syphilis, gonorrhea, and HIV at least annually.

Health care providers should take a sexual health history of their patients and follow up with appropriate counseling, vaccination, testing, and if needed, treatment for STDs. Increased prevention efforts, including screening, are critical to reducing the serious health consequences of STDs.
What You Can Do

* Talk with your doctor or health care provider about STDs and ask about recommended vaccinations and testing.
* Get tested. Visit External Web Site Policy to find STD testing locations near you.
* Talk openly and honestly with your partner about STDs.

Learn more about STDs, STD Awareness Month, and where you can find the nearest STD testing site in your area: