In 2014, the HIV infections in Union County were 2,744 at a rate of 618 per 100,000 people. The data was, however, for persons aged 13 years and above. The majority of cases were people aged 18 to 29, having 2,169 cases at a rate of 701 per 100,000.
In Cranford Township, Chlamydia cases were 27 in 2015. People aged 25 to 29 had the highest infections with 23 cases. Female cases were 19 while male cases were 8. Gonorrhea had no reported infection that year.
Early Latent Syphilis had 22 cases in the same year. Male infections were 16 while female infections were 5. People identifying as transgender had only 1 infection. 12 of the male cases were from homosexual men while 4 were reported among heterosexual men.
Fortunately, there were zero cases of Late Latent Syphilis, Primary Syphilis, and Secondary Syphilis in 2015.
The New Jersey Comprehensive plan is a program that provides STD education campaigns as well as STD/HIV services to its residents. Additionally, the Union County Department of Health offers STD screening, aftercare treatment, vaccination, counseling, and ensures a wide distribution of condoms.
The Planned Parenthood-Elizabeth Health Center, Cranford Testing Center and First choice Women’s Resource Center are some of the hospitals you may consider for STD/HIV testing.
You may be lucky to find free STD testing in some of the local STD campaigns and events. However, prescriptions may not be available in some hospitals if you test positive for an STD . A sliding fee scale may also be unavailable in some cases.