HIV/ STD pandemic continues to surge forward in Arroyo Grande, a city in San Luis Obispo County. In 2018, the Arroyo Grande City reported 188 new HIV cases.
STD infection rates increased from 2010 to 2016. and the cases were commonly identified among teenagers and young adults.
Chlamydia was the frequently reported STI in Arroyo Grandey. In 2010, the rates of Chlamydia was at 244.9, but by the end of 2016, it had shot up to 410.9. The infections were rampant among females.
On the other hand, Gonorrhea cases gained from 11.5 in 2010 to 82.5 in 2016.
Syphilis infections also rose over the past few years. They rose from 0.0 in 2010 to 6.8 in 2016.
San Luis Obispo County Health Department supports developing a sexual health curriculum for schools, including information on contraceptives, STDs, PEP, HIV, PrEP, and demonstration on how to use a condom to lower the number of STD/HIV infections. The health department also provides individuals at risk of contracting HIV infections with PrEP Pills to prevent HIV infections.
As a resident of Arroyo Grande City, there are many facilities, such as the Emergency Room- Arroyo Grande Community Hospital and Community Health Centers-Station Way, where you can receive HIV/STD treatment even testing. Other available centers include Urgent Care Of Pismo Beach and Planned Parenthood Santa Maria Health Center.
You can also get free STD Testing at the city’s sexual health clinics, but their availability hours may be irregular, and results may take weeks to be delivered.