Point Pleasant, NJ, a borough in Ocean County, experienced a spike of HIV/STD infections in the past few years. According to the Ocean County Health Department report, HIV infections increased from 577 in 2015 to 662 cases in 2020.
The number of individuals diagnosed with STDs has been on a steady increase. Point Pleasant Board of Health noted a rise of Chlamydia cases from 27 in 2015 to 50 cases in 2019.
However, the health department has successfully eradicated Gonorrhea cases throughout Ocean County. There were no cases reported between 2015 and 2019, according to the report.
The Ocean County Health Department is committed to lowering the rates of HIV/STD infections. It provides essential medical care to PLWHA and ensures sex education programs are accessible throughout Point Pleasant, NJ, and surrounding areas. It also offers counseling and condom distribution to individuals susceptible to infections. The health department has also increased awareness among medical providers to focus on people at risk of contracting diseases.
Several medical facilities in Point Pleasant, NJ, such as Planned Parenthood – Bellmawr Health Center and Hackensack Meridian Health Urgent Care – Brick provide HIV/STD services. Residents can opt to visit Hackensack Meridian Health Ocean Medical Center and Monmouth Medical Center, Southern Campus.
If you need free STD testing, you may be lucky to get the services in some of the city’s facilities. However, costs might not be upfront, and an extra fee might be required for doctors’ consultation.