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STD Awareness Month
Sussex County Office of Public Health Nursing Highlights Health Impacts of Sexually Transmitted Diseases during STD Awareness Month
April is STD Awareness Month
Take three simple actions to protect your health: Talk. Test. Treat.
STD Awareness Month is here, along with the alarming news that sexually-transmitted diseases (STDs) are on the rise. Recent Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) data for three nationally-reported STDs—chlamydia, gonorrhea, and syphilis—shows staggeringly increased numbers for the first time since 2006.
According to the Division of HIV, STD, and TB Services-Sexually Transmitted Diseases Program, Reported Sexually Transmitted Diseases Morbidity In New Jersey by County For Reporting Year 2012 for Sussex County:
- 1 case of syphilis
- 13 cases of gonorrhea
- 166 cases of chlamydia
Young people ages 15-24, and gay, bisexual, and other men who have sex with men continue to be at greatest risk for infection. We know that individual risk behaviors aren't the only cause. Environmental, social, and cultural factors, including high numbers of STD cases in these populations and difficulty accessing quality health care, contribute to the higher STD burden.
The good news? STDs are preventable! If our goal is to prevent STDs, then we need to know how to talk about them, when to test for them, and how to treat them.
STD screening and early diagnoses are essential in preventing STDs. Abstaining from sex, reducing the number of sexual partners, and consistently and correctly using condoms are all effective prevention strategies. Safe, effective vaccines are also available to prevent hepatitis B and some types of the human papillomavirus (HPV) that cause disease and cancer. And for all individuals who are sexually active - particularly young people - STD screening and prompt treatment (if infected) are critical to protect a person's health and prevent transmission to others. See the list of STD & HIV/AIDS Counseling & Testing Sites in Sussex County listed below.
More information about Sexually Transmitted Diseases is available at www.cdc.gov/std .
STD & HIV/AIDS COUNSELING & TESTING SITES
Planned Parenthood, Newton Health Center
8 Moran Street
Newton, NJ 07860
Ages 12 years and older
Cost: income based, sliding scale fee
HIV free testing-walk in
STD testing-by appointment
Family Health Center of Morristown Medical Center
HIV Counseling & Testing
200 South Street
Free HIV testing
STD testing for Health Center clinic patients only
Zufall Health Centers
238 Spring Street
18 W. Blackwell Street
653 Willow Grove
Same day free HIV testing at all its medical sites
Prevention & treatment of STDs