A slight increment in the number of HIV infections was noted in Lodi, Bergen County. The infections gained from 1,745 at a rate of 231 in 2013 to 1,763 at a rate of 222 in 2018.
The increase in cases of men who have sex with men was attributed as the major cause of an increase in the number of Syphilis infections in the county. The infections escalated from 46 in 2012 to a total of 123 in 2018
Gonorrhea infections gained steadily over the years with the infections hitting a high of 447 in 2018 from 204 in 2012.
The county health reports noted a rapid increase of Chlamydia infections over the years. The infections rose from 1,246 in 2012 to 2,337 in 2018, and the infections were rampant in the female population aged 20 to 24 years.
Bergen County Department of Health has partnered with community agencies like churches, schools, faith-based organizations, and NGO’s to reach the high-risk population and people infected with STI/HIV. Through this collaboration, many county residents have accessed PrEP medication, condoms, and information on STI/HIV.
MedExpress Urgent Care and Planned Parenthood – Hackensack Health Center are some of the clinics in Lodi city where you can access HIV/STD services. Other hospitals you may consider for sexual health services include St. Mary’s General Hospital and Hackensack Meridian Health-Hackensack University Medical Center.
You may access free STD testing in some of the hospitals during health events. However, the wait times may be inconsistent due to the high demand for the services, and there is no confidentiality because of the public nature of such events.