Erie County has some of the highest rates of gonorrhea and chlamydia in the state of New York. Now, a new center is hoping to help fight those and other sexually transmitted infections.
Community Access Services, along with Evergreen Health, will host a ribbon cutting Wednesday afternoon at 3297 Bailey Avenue. The new facility at that address is designed to provide counseling and testing for HIV and hepatitis C, and other STIs like gonorrhea and chlamydia.
The hope is that the center will help lower STI rates and treat more people with STIs in and around the Bailey-Kensington area. More than half of Erie County's gonorrhea cases are diagnosed there, according to the Erie County Department of Health's Erie County New York Community Health Assessment 2017-2019.
"We know that there are people who really need our services and we want them to know we are here for them," says Ekua Mends-Aidoo, Equity and Inclusion Officer for Evergreen Health.
The new facility will have 28 employees staffing it.