Union County has featured among New Jersey counties with the highest number of STD rates. Some of the affected areas include Scotch Plains towns, and county health officials are persuading sexually active individuals to seek testing services.
According to CDC’s 2016 STD Surveillance report, STD prevalence in Union County increased by 12.4% between 2012 and 2016; from 429.8 per 100,000 individuals to 483.2. In 2015, the county was the third-highest county in HIV cases with a total of 2,528 incidences.
Data provided by New Jersey Health Matters indicate that chlamydia incidences increased steadily in 2013-2016. Over the four years, new chlamydia cases spiked from 1,826 to 2,178.
Established in 1993, PROCEED has been part of the Ryan White AIDS Foundation with a goal a mission of contributing to the fight against HIV/AIDS. The program provides low-cost housing opportunities to PLWHA in Union County. Furthermore, it strives to increase the number of HIV+ individuals under HIV care and helps them in accessing other resources.
Scotch Plains residents who’d like to know their status may visit one of the Planned Parenthood Health Centers in the county. One is located on Dickinson St, Elizabeth, and the other lies along Park Ave, Plainfield.
Other Options include the Plainfield Neighborhood Health Services Corporation along Myrtle Ave, and the Patterson Community Center on Palmer St, Elizabeth.
Alternatively, nearby clinics may offer free STD testing services, but the down side of these services is that people might know the reason of your visit. You might also wait for long days before receiving your STDs test results. Another drawback is that you may have to pay for particular tests.