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Gopal: STD’s on the rise in NJ

By David Wildstein, October 01 2018 1:04 pm

A new report that shows sexually transmitted diseases are on the rise in New Jersey has led State Sen. Vin Gopal (D-Long Branch) to call for continued women’s health funding in New Jersey.

Gopal said a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report shows that chlamydia, gonorrhea and syphilis are on the rise in the state.

“These statistics are absolutely staggering,” said Gopal, who ousted a three-term incumbent last year. “With the frequency of STDs increasing at such an astronomical rate here in New Jersey, where funding for family planning services was gutted in the previous administration, it is critical that we continue our efforts to support vital healthcare facilities.”

Gov. Phil Murphy restored $7.5 million in funding to Planned Parenthood that had been lost since 2010, when Chris Christie became governor.

“Facilities like Planned Parenthood provide a truly vital health service for our residents and are instrumental in the fight against STDs,” Gopal said. “If we wish to get New Jersey’s skyrocketing STD rates under control, we need to support Planned Parenthood and similar facilities in treating and protecting individuals from disease.”

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