Orange County’s bacterial STD rates are relatively low for California, but health officials are worried because the numbers are going up. Most strikingly, early syphilis went up 99% between 2013 and 2017.
This disease had been nearly wiped out, but it made a comeback when use of protection declined. In 2017, Orange County had 368 cases of primary and secondary syphilis, at a rate of 11.5 per 100K people. Syphilis can be mostly prevented by using protection during sex and not sharing needles, and it can be easily treated in the early stages but leads to major problems if left untreated.
Orange County had 14,027 chlamydia cases in 2017, at a rate of 438.2 per 100K people, which is lower than California’s rate of 552.2. The gonorrhea rate was 111.7. In 2015, there were 6,175 people living with HIV or AIDS in Orange County, with a prevalence rate of 233.
Anaheim has some STD-testing clinics, and there are even more options elsewhere in Orange County. Planned Parenthood is located on Lincoln Ave. They test for STIs and treat all except HIV, and the fee is on a sliding scale based on your income.
The Orange County Health Care Agency provides STD and HIV testing, and they also help you notify any partner who has been exposed. Some family planning clinics in the area provide free STD testing for women, but you may have to bring proof of your income to qualify.