New Jersey health officials have raised a red flag concerning the sexual health situation in the state. Middlesex County is among the top 10 counties with the highest number of STDs in the state.
A Middlesex County Report based on 2016 numbers by the CDC showed that the county was 9th among the state’s 21 counties with the highest rise in STD rates between 2012 and 2016. There was a 37.0% increase, from the morbidity of 267.6 to 366.5 per 100,000 populations.
Additionally, a 2017 STD report by County Health Rankings & Roadmaps indicated county officials reported 2,164 chlamydia incidences in 2014. The rate was 261.1. In 2010, there were 1,966 HIV cases with a rate of 290.0.
The Robert Wood Johnson AIDS Foundation has been at the forefront of the war against HIV, providing comprehensive, multi-disciplinary care to the whole family. Additionally, the Health Oriented Youth (HOY) program aims to reduce HIV transmissions among Black American and Latino females through risk testing and counseling, and prevention services.
Near Carteret town, you may get STD care services at the Middlesex County Public Health STD clinic at 596 Jersey Ave and the AIDS Community Care Alternative Prevention Program (ACCAP) at 181 Howe Lane in New Brunswick.
Otherwise, you may visit Dr. William Toth Memorial Health Center at 80 Idlewild Rd, and either one of the Planned Parenthood Clinics at 450 Market St or 12 Snow Hill Plaza.
Carteret residents can visit local clinics in the two which may provide low-cost or free STD testing services. However, the doctors may not be available on-site for consultations and the clinics may take up to more than two weeks to release the results. Additionally, the medical centers may not test all STDs.