There has been a noted rise in sexually transmitted infections and disease in New Jersey counties. Bergen home to Palisades Park city has proportionately contributed to these statistics. Over the last decade, Syphilis, gonorrhea and chlamydia have increased by more than 85%.
According to the New Jersey Division of Health report, there were 44,360 cases reported, which was 11% increase from 2016. In 2017, the rise has similarly been steep with 46,663 cases reported.
Based on the NJDH annual reports, chlamydia has raised public health concern over increased incidences. Blacks/African American and Females have been disproportionately impacted at an infection rate of 693.0 and 523.8 cases per 100,000 people in 2018.
STD prevention and control programs by Palisades Park health officials are ongoing after realizing lack education and awareness are some of the causes to increased incidences of STDs. The conversation about sexual health at the community level draws emphasis on the need for regular screening and understanding the impact of untreated and undiagnosed STDs.
Some of the services available is conventional HIV blood test, STD tests, HPV vaccines and advanced HIV post and pre-exposure drugs. New Jersey Department of Health –Bergen County offices located along Palisade avenue Cliffside park 5252 is one of the public health center that offer STD testing along with other clinics its affiliated to.
In the same vein, one can find nearby medical centers that may render free STD testing services. However, some of them may be income-based or they might limit you to only one mode of payment. Other times, you may experience delays in service delivery since these clinics record high number of patients.