Montclair is only twelve miles from New York City and shares a county with Newark, so it could be expected to share those cities’ STD problems. In 2017, there were 176 people living with HIV or AIDS in Montclair. Nearly two-thirds of them were men, and a significant number of them contracted the virus through injected drug use.
There are surely more people out there who need to be tested and diagnosed. Many people are ashamed to come into the clinics due to the social stigma surrounding HIV, but medical professionals are only here to help you.
In 2016, 5,761 people in Essex County were diagnosed with chlamydia, at a rate of 718.1.
But keep in mind that Montclair is not among the New Jersey towns with the highest STD rates, and most of those numbers are coming from Newark, East Orange, and Irvington. The county’s gonorrhea and (primary and secondary) syphilis rates were 220.6 and 12.3.
Planned Parenthood is located on Fullerton Ave. They test for STIs and treat all except HIV, and the fee is on a sliding scale. A faith-based clinic that advises pregnant women provides free STD testing, but only for chlamydia and gonorrhea. A CVS MinuteClinic in nearby Cedar Grove provides basic screenings.