The Township of Union, NJ, in Union County, is facing an unprecedented number of new STD infections such as chlamydia. In 2015, the town had 218 new cases of chlamydia. A year later, that number jumped to 223 new cases.
Syphilis diagnoses are also on the rise in Union County, had just 15 cases in 2011 and by 2015, it was up to 18. In 2011, more than half the infections were in adults ages 45 – 64. By 2015, the majority were in younger adults, ages 20 – 24.
State health officials in New Jersey are concerned with the rising number of STD infections diagnoses throughout the state, including in Union. In 2016, the STD rate per 10,000 residents in Union Township was 46.8 with 184 new cases or an increase of 13 new diagnoses between 2015 and 2016.
Several locations offer STD screenings in Union, NJ. The Irvington Health Center, a Newark Community Health facility on Springfield Ave in Irvington near the intersection of Stuyvesant Ave, 619, Nye Ave, and Springfield Ave. They operate another clinic in nearby Newark on Ludlow St.
Another option is one of two Empire Medical Associates Offices in Maplewood on Boyden Ave or in Springfield Township on Morris Ave. Both locations are easy to access by public transportation.
STI testing is also available at the RWJ Barnabas Health Clinic at the Newark Beth Israel Medical Center on Lyons Ave. in Newark. For a Planned Parenthood HIV testing site, the Southern New Jersey Branch is located at the Elizabeth Health Center on Dickinson St in Elizabeth, a short distance from Union.
You may find some free STD testing locations. Contact them before heading to the address to find out which days they are open. Free locations aren’t always open daily and they will need proof of income to provide free services.