Edgewater is a borough located in Bergen County. According to the county’s public health officials, the county had a minor drop in the rate of new HIV infections reported in 2019 and 2020. The diagnostic rate in 2019 was 1,763 per 100,000 population and 1,761 in every 100,000 persons in the following year.
A steady increase was apparent in the number of new Syphilis infections reported between 2017 and 2019. The first year of reference had 38 new infections while 2018 and 2019 had 41 and 44 new cases respectively.
There was an uptick in the number of new Gonorrhea infections between 2018 and 2019, where the communicable disease surveillance team saw 447 diagnoses in 2018 and 460 new infections in the following year.
Chlamydia diagnoses had also risen between 2017 and 2019. While 2017 had 2,091 new infections, 2019 had 2,388 cases.
The Bergen County Department of Health Services coordinates a robust HIV/STD program that focuses on at-risk individuals such as MSM and persons with multiple sexual partners. To help reduce the prevalence of HIV/STDs, the program focuses on preventive health services, PrEP counseling, and referral to HIV/STD care.
To receive HIV/STD services, feel free to visit the Planned Parenthood – Englewood Health Center, CityMD Edgewater Urgent Care – New Jersey, Newark Community Health Centers, and the Bergen County Department of Health Services.
While free STD testing may be available, the tests may not be comprehensive. Additionally, the tests may be free for some STDs but not all.