Communicable Disease

Sexually Transmitted Infection (STI) Program

Testing, diagnosis, and treatment of many sexually transmitted infections are available. All services are free, confidential, and available without an appointment. Free Hepatitis B vaccine is also available. For more information about sexually transmitted infections, visit the NY State Department of Health (NYSDOH) STI page.

Call 518-270-2670 for more information about the STI Program.

HIV Program

The Rensselaer County Department of Health tests for HIV infection. Testing is provided free of charge and is offered at scheduled clinics. For more information about HIV/AIDS, visit the NYSDOH AIDS Institute page. For more information on Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP), visit the PrEP for Sex website.

For more information about the HIV Program, call 518-270-2670.

Tuberculosis (TB) Control Program

Screening, health education, outreach to those at risk, and treatment services are available. For more information about TB, view the NYSDOH TB Fact Sheet (PDF).

For more information about the TB Control Program, call 518-270-2650.

Lyme Prevention Program

The Lyme Prevention Program provides public education about Lyme disease. Learn more about this disease by visiting the NYSDOH Lyme Disease and Other Diseases Carried by Ticks page.

Call 518-270-2939 for more information about the Lyme Prevention Program.

Rabies Control Program

The Rabies Control Program provides treatment for individuals exposed to potentially rabid animals. Vaccination clinics are also provided for pet dogs, cats, and ferrets. To find out more about rabies, visit the NYDOH Rabies page.

For Rabies Control Program services and information, call 518-270-2643.