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Fewer HIV tests and free clinics lead to rise in New York City’s STD rate

Maria Guerrero, an HIV Prevention Specialist with Community Healthcare Network, solicits people on the street to take a free HIV test in a mobile clinic. Andrew Burton/Getty Images

New York City’s Department of Health and Mental Hygiene has discreetly closed STD clinics and cut hundreds of thousands of HIV tests, leading to a rise in syphilis, gonorrhea and chlamydia, according to a report released by BuzzFeed News. City-run STD clinics have seen a loss of 40,000 visits per year, about one-third, over the past five years. City officials blame preventative services cuts on financial issues, as the budget for disease control has dropped 38 percent since 2008. New York City, which boasts one of the highest rates of new HIV infections in the country, closed a popular free clinic in its Chelsea neighborhood in March. A town hall meeting aimed to address the city’s health department AIDS activist organization ACT UP is happening on September 1.

Read the full story at BuzzFeed News.

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