In the Hudson County town of West New York, New Jersey, 128 cases of HIV and 284 cases of AIDS were reported. Hudson County has the second highest number of people who are living with these diseases, with a total of 2,303 and 6,322 tested for and diagnosed with HIV and AIDS, respectively.
Statistics for other STDs in West New York are also high, showing 252 people diagnosed with chlamydia according to a 2016 report by the New Jersey Department of Health Division of HIV, STD and TB Services. Within Hudson County, West New York has the third highest rate of chlamydia and gonorrhea cases.
More than 3,000 people were diagnosed with chlamydia and over 700 with gonorrhea in Hudson County within a one-year period. Overall, New Jersey ranks 41st in the country for all cases of STDs, indicating a 6% increase over the previous year.
STD rates are surging in N.J. counties…the numbers may be higher because STD detection and screening has not only become better, but more routine.
Health officials in Hudson County are reaching out to the public to address this surge in STD rates in West New York and nearby towns. There are public testing centers for STDs right in West New York.
Within Hudson County, there are free STD testing sites, however while some STD tests are provided at no cost, others are not.
There are many public testing centers in Hudson County that offer discrete, confidential STD diagnostics with same-day results given. The Jersey City Medical Center Counseling and Testing Site is located on John F. Kennedy Blvd.
Other options in West New York include Hoboken Family Planning on Hudson Ave. and the North Hudson Community Action Health Center on Broadway.