Just south of the Garden State Parkway and along the east bank of the Passaic River in Bergen County lies Garfield, New Jersey; named to honor the 20th President of the United States, James Garfield. It is a community with a long history and a rapidly growing STD crisis.
In fact, during the five-year period from 2014 to 2018, Bergen County saw its STD prevalence rate jump by an incredible 47.7%. Garfield itself experienced a 36.4% increase in STD cases.
These increases exceed those of the state of New Jersey as a whole and represent a growing public health problem. Moreover, in the first half of 2019, the STD prevalence rate for Bergen County increased by 11.5%, indicating that the problem is ongoing.
The spread of STDs in Garfield is out of control and serious effort needs to be made to educate the public on screening and prevention to keep it from worsening.
Residents of Garfield who want to get screened for STDs and/or HIV can visit a number of public health centers that may provide these services. They include resources within Garfield itself as well as in the surrounding communities.
Planned Parenthood offers two clinics within five miles of Garfield that might provide these tests. Paterson Center is on Broadway in Paterson while Hackensack Health Center is on Main Street in that city.
Garfield Health Center, part of the North Hudson Community Action Corporation, is located on Midland Avenue in Garfield and could also be a source for testing. Likewise, Riverside Medical Group on Market Street in Saddle Back may provide STD and HIV screening.
Often, clinics will advertise free STD testing. Keep in mind that while these services may be free, they might not be comprehensive. Furthermore, they may only be offered at inconvenient times and locations.