Sullivan County Rural Health Network

Sullivan County Works to Reverse Rise of STI Rates

By Spectrum News Staff Sullivan County

Sexually transmitted infection (STI) rates are on the rise in Sullivan County and local agencies are coming together to try to reverse the trend.

An educational panel relayed statistics of the diseases most prevalent in the county on Tuesday, along with methods for practicing safe sex and reducing the possibility of getting an STI.

Led by Planned Parenthood, they said that previous educational programs have been successful in Orange County and they're hopeful for similar results in Sullivan County.

"We want to make this an open dialogue,” said Jessie Moore, director of education at Planned Parenthood’s Mid-Hudson Valley chapter. “We want to start a conversation. We want to share the resources that we have. We want to hear what individuals in the community are seeing and what they have to say. We want to know what questions they have. And then we can continue to have this conversation, moving forward to work together."

Moore said that she hopes to hold more of the educational events in Sullivan County so that younger people can learn the basics of safe sex.