Hackensack, NJ, the county seat of Bergen County, is enduring an STD crisis. Between 2015 and 2016, the city from 163 new chlamydia cases to 172. Overall, in 2016, the city had a rate of 48.8 new STIs per 100,000.
In 2015, South Hackensack had fewer than ten new cases of chlamydia. The following year, they had 11, placing them in the 2016 STI statistics for the city.
The state of New Jersey had 496 STDs per 100,000 residents in 2016. Bergen County’s rate for the same year was 259 per 100,000 residents—A percent change of nearly 60 %.
With an entire generation that wasn’t alive during the AIDS epidemic, state and county officials are concerned that the lack of knowledge and education about the dangers of HIV and other STDs are adding to rising infection rates for gonorrhea, chlamydia, and syphilis.
There are dozens of STD testing sites in and near Hackensack. Many also offer treatment and follow-up care in the same building. One option is the North Hudson Community Action Corporation’s Hackensack Health Center on E Salem St. You can also access services at the Bergen County Health Department’s Health Counseling Center on S. River St.
The nearest Planned Parenthood is at the Hackensack Health Center on Main St.
There might be a few free STD testing locations in the Hackensack Area. But, these clinics offer no privacy—Anyone that sees you will know why you’re there. You will most likely need to provide proof of income for free services.