Passaic County, where Hawthorne is a borough, has experienced a slight decrease in the number of individuals diagnosed with HIV. There was a 14.1% decrease from 2,773 per 100,000 persons reported in 2016 to 2,383 in 2020.
Cases of Gonorrhea infections in Hawthorne borough have shown fluctuations, with alternating periods with and without cases of infections. In 2014 there were no cases; however, 10 cases were recorded in 2015, followed by no cases between 2016 and 2018. Sadly, there was an escalation in 2019 with a total of 16 reported cases.
Passaic County Department of Health Services managed to do away with Syphilis infections with no cases recorded in the borough between 2014 and 2020.
On the other hand, Chlamydia infections have shown a progressive increase in reported cases from 38 in 2014 to 54 in 2019. Most cases of infection were registered in females aged 15 to 24 years.
In collaboration with the New Jersey Department of Health, Passaic County Department of Health Services works with local clinics and healthcare providers to deliver an effective HIV/STD program. The program entails confidential testing, counseling, partner notification, and HIV Care and Support Services.
Planned Parenthood – Paterson Health Center, The Doctors’ Office Urgent Care of Midland Park, and St. Joseph’s University Medical Center are some medical facilities that provide STD/HIV screening services.
Some clinics in the borough offer free STD testing, but walk-in options, and doctors’ consultation might not be available.