From Pleasure Bay down to the neighborhood of Elberon, all along the Atlantic Coast lies the city of Long Branch, NJ. This Monmouth County community has just over 30,000 residents and a rapidly growing STD problem.
While HIV prevalence rates in this area have dropped over the last five years from 2014 to 2018, the STD prevalence rate for Monmouth County and Long Branch specifically have continued to rise. In fact, during that period, the STD prevalence rate for Monmouth County rose by 24.1% while that of the state as a whole rose by 18.2%.
For Long Branch itself, those numbers are even worse. During that five-year period, it saw a staggering 71.8% increase in the number of reported STD cases.
Our community is in the middle of a massive STD problem that continues to grow. We must spread as much information as possible to our community about how to avoid the transmission of these diseases.
Residents of Long Branch, NJ and its surrounding communities have a number of options should they decide to get tested for STDs or HIV. These public resources may offer those tests as well as additional resources.
Planned Parenthood operates the Shrewsbury Center on East Newman Springs Road in Shrewsbury. It is roughly five miles from Long Branch and may provide screenings for STDs and HIV.
Nearby Asbury offers the Asbury Park Clinic, a Visiting Nurse Association (VNA) of Central Jersey Community Health Center. STD and HIV testing may be available here as well. Finally, the Monmouth Medical Center on Broadway is an RWJ Barnabas Health Facility which might provide screening services among their resources.
It is important that you understand what is included with any free STD testing. These services often charge additional fees to consult a doctor, get fast results, or for tests not included as free.