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Free STD testing in Suffolk

The Suffolk Health Department is offering free testing for sexually transmitted diseases Tuesday at Profilez Barbershop at 1805 Deer Park Ave. in Deer Park.

The screening is part of a monthlong effort by the county to raise awareness of chlamydia, gonorrhea and other diseases spread through sexual contact.

STDs often present no initial symptoms, but they can pose serious health risks — especially to young women — that range from infertility to increased susceptibility to HIV, Suffolk health officials said. About 19 million new sexually transmitted infections occur in the United States each year, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Almost half are among young people aged 15 to 24.

Screening will be offered at eight other Suffolk hair salons and barbershops.

Thursday: Exclusive Cutz Barber Shop, 50-Z Middle County Rd., Coram and Sepia Squires Barber Shop, 3715 Unit C, Route 112, Coram.

April 26: Eclipz Barber Shop, 520 Broadway, Amityville and House of Essence Salon, 525 North Broadway, Amityville.

April 28: G & T Barber Shop, 4 Andrews Ave., Wyandanch and The Famous Barber Shop, 1533 Straight Path, Wyandanch.

May 3: Knu Style-N-Temple, 102 Peconic Ave., Riverhead

May 5: Imperial Kutt Kreators, 1707 Montauk Hwy., Bellport.

For more information, call 631-853-2264.

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