Ewing, NJ is among the townships in Mercer County that continue to report high rates of sexually transmitted diseases (STDs). Data from the New Jersey Health Department, as submitted to the Communicable Disease Reporting and Surveillance System by various laboratories in the region, showed that Mercer County had an STD rate of 614.5 cases per 100,000 residents in 2016.
Though still high, it was a decrease from 2012’s rate that was 623.6 infections per 100,000 people. The reported sexually transmitted infections (STIs) included chlamydia, gonorrhoea, syphilis and HIV.
According to the statistics from the New Jersey Department of Health Division Of HIV, STD, And TB Services, Mercer County had 1781 and 439 cases of chlamydia and gonorrhoea respectively, in 2016. Other STIs that were reported that year included early latent syphilis, with 26 cases, late latent syphilis that had 16 cases and secondary syphilis, with 16 infections.
The New Jersey 2014 County Health Rankings showed that Mercer County had 1,556 cases of HIV in 2010. The STD’s prevalence rate that year was 504.
One of the programs that fight the spread of STDs in Ewing is the Teen Prevention Education Program (Teen PEP) that also focuses on the entire state. It teaches students how to take care of their sexual health and why it’s crucial to prevent the contraction of HIV and other STIs.
Residents of Ewing can head to the Planned Parenthood – Hamilton Health Center for HIV/STD testing. Another medical facility that offers STD tests is the Middlesex County Public Health Clinic in New Brunswick, NJ.
You may find some clinics offering free STD testing services in the region, but you might be unable to book appointments. Furthermore, the tests might be inconclusive.