Bergen Ave Clinic
Jersey City Medical Center
Mary Eliza Mahoney Health Center
Port Richmond Office
West Orange Office
South Shore Office 1
Essex County Office
Jersey City Office
Project Living Out Loud
Preventive Medicine Clinic/STD
Irvington Health Center
Ferry Street Clinic
Orange Health Center
Staten Island University Hospital
Mulberry Health Center
Ironbound Health Center
East Orange Health Center
Staten Island Center
Elizabeth Health Center
Satellite Office II
Francois-Xavier Bagnoud Center Clinic
New Jersey Medical School
Newark Beth Israel Medical Center
HIV Counseling and Testing Site
New Point Campus
West Orange Health Center
New Jersey’s three most commonly reported STDs are chlamydia, gonorrhea, and syphilis. While gonorrhea cases have recently decreased, the number of chlamydia and syphilis cases is continuing to climb.
According to the CDC, the extent of chlamydia infections in New Jersey has been steadily increasing for the last two decades. In 2018, New Jersey residents were diagnosed at a rate of 405.5 per 100,000 people. This represents an increase of about 3.6% since 2017. The vast majority of chlamydia infections were diagnosed in younger adults, with those aged 20-24 most affected. In Union County, the rate of infections was about 10% higher than the state as a whole. Here, residents were diagnosed at a rate of 446.9 per 100,000, according to CDC reports.
Following several years of increases, the rate of gonorrhea infections in New Jersey dropped slightly between 2017 and 2018, the CDC reports. With a frequency of 100.7 per 100,000 people, the state now has the eighth-lowest infection rate in the country. Union County’s gonorrhea rate is lower than the state’s overall frequency, at 96.6 per 100,000. While the state isn’t as hard hit as other parts of the country, gonorrhea is still an issue in New Jersey. The frequency among adults aged 20-24 is especially high at 452.7 per 100,000 persons in that age range.
Union County had the state’s seventh-highest rate of primary and secondary syphilis in 2018, according to the CDC. That year, 33 Union County residents were diagnosed, for a rate of 5.9 per 100,000. New Jersey’s frequency of syphilis infections has spiked over the last several years. In 2013, the rate of infection was 2.6 per 100,000, but by 2018, it was 6.3 — an increase of just over 142%. This trend is not unique to New Jersey. Syphilis cases have resurged nationwide, in part due to changing sexual behaviors and reduced access to testing.
Since most common STDs don’t always cause symptoms, all sexually active adults and adolescents should get tested regularly. It’s the only way to know for sure if you’ve been infected. Over time, many STDs can cause severe health complications, such as Pelvic Inflammatory Disease and infertility in women and cancer, organ failure, and an increased chance of contracting the AIDS virus in both sexes. There are many free local resources for STD testing and treatment in Elizabeth and nearby Newark, New Jersey.
The Elizabeth Health Center offers a wide range of reproductive health care services, including routine physical exams, birth control services, and pregnancy services. This Planned Parenthood clinic also provides testing and treatment for many common STDs, as well as safer sex education to help clients avoid future infections. The clinic accepts many public and private insurance plans, and uninsured clients may qualify for reduced rates on a sliding fee scale. STD services are available on a walk-in basis.
1171 Elizabeth Avenue
Elizabeth, NJ 07201
Also known as PROCEED, this not-for-profit organization offers HIV testing and prevention services. Free, confidential HIV testing is available to people aged 13 and older on a walk-in basis. The clinic’s HIV prevention services include safe sex counseling and help accessing pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP). In addition to its HIV services, the clinic provides Hepatitis C testing and referrals for other STD tests.
1122 East Grand Street
Elizabeth, NJ 07201
Newark Community Health Centers offers a full range of health care services, including well-women visits, weight management, and dental care. It also provides testing for common STDs, such as chlamydia, gonorrhea, syphilis, and herpes. All clients are seen, regardless of their ability to pay, and those who require treatment may qualify for discounted prescription drugs. Appointments are required and can be made by calling the clinic. Evening and weekend appointments are available.
Multiple Newark locations
Hyacinth is a nonprofit organization aiming to stop the spread of HIV in New Jersey. Its Health & Wellness Clinic, located in Newark, offers a broad range of STD services. Clients can stop by the clinic to get tested for common STDS, as well as HIV. When necessary, the clinic provides treatment, including HIV specialty care. To help clients protect themselves from infections, on-site staff members provide sexual health education and counseling about pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP). For appointments, clients can call the clinic.
194 Clinton Avenue, Lower Level
Newark, NJ 07108
This community-based organization provides free, confidential STD testing at its clinic, the Dr. George Perez Medical Care Center. Clients who require treatment can pick up prescriptions from the convenient on-site pharmacy. To help clients protect their health, the clinic offers sexual education and counseling. It can also prescribe pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) or post-exposure prophylaxis (PEP) for clients who are at risk of contracting HIV. Appointments are required, and clients are seen regardless of their ability to pay.
393 Central Avenue
Newark, NJ 07103
The Mary Eliza Mahoney Health Center is operated by the City of Newark’s Department of Health and Community Wellness. The clinic offers a variety of free and low-cost services, including dental care, pediatric care, and immunizations, as well as adult primary care services, such as STD testing. Clients can visit the clinic to get tested for chlamydia, gonorrhea, and syphilis. Both conventional and rapid HIV testing are available. Appointments can be made by calling the clinic.
394 University Avenue
Newark, NJ 07102
Multiple Newark locations.