In Monmouth County, there were 1721 HIV cases transmitted at a rate of 323 in 2018, a significant reduction from 1,865 infections in 2017 that occurred at a rate of 350.
1,722 Chlamydia cases were identified in Red Bank town in 2017, which surged to 1,779 cases in 2018; an indication of increased testing resources in the area.
Gonorrhea also reduced from 354 cases in 2017 to reach 295 cases in 2018. Primary Syphilis incidents were also observed in the county as they increased from 10 infections in 2017 to 12 cases in 2018 showing a difference of 2 cases.
Secondary Syphilis also indicated a downward trend from 20 cases reported in 2017 to 17 in 2018.
Monmouth County Health Department supports the AIDS Drug Distribution Program as a way to suppress the HIV virus and stop those infected from spreading it to others. The program also provides HIV prevention medications such as PEP and PrEP to low income individuals at a high risk of contracting the disease. The health department also provides STD services that involve testing, screening, and treatment.
You can access counseling and free STD testing services in most publicly funded testing sites across Red Bank, but the health centers might lack prescription drugs for patients with positive STD results. Also, long wait times might be experienced because of the inadequate medical personnel.
Red Bank Town has multiple healthcare facilities such as Planned Parenthood – Shrewsbury Health Center, AFC Urgent Care Aberdeen, Hackensack Meridian Health Riverview Medical Center, and Bayshore Community Hospital that offer STD and HIV services.