Atascadero, CA, a city in San Luis Obispo County, is in the midst of an STD outbreak along with the rest of the area. In 2013, the county only had 893 new cases of chlamydia, and in 2017, there were more than 1,250 new infections. The majority of new diagnoses were men in 2017.
Gonorrhea is also on the rise with 62 new cases in 2013, jumping to 182 in 2017. Of the 182 new infections in 2017, 112 of them were men. Syphilis is making a return to the area, with 6 new diagnoses in 2013 rising to 14 in 2017.
San Luis Obispo County Health officials are urging residents to get regular STI testing to combat the area’s growing STD rates.
There are several locations in and nearby Atascadero that provide STD testing and follow-up services. The Community Health Centers operates a clinic on Morro Rd (the E.G. Lewis Highway) and another one on Spring St in Paso Robles.
Another option is the San Luis Obispo Public Health Department. They run the Paso Robles Clinic on Walnut Dr and another one on Morro Bay Blvd across the street from the Morro Bay corner park.
The nearest Planned Parenthood is at the San Luis Obispo Center on Pismo St. Off-street parking is available here. You can also check with the Community Health Centers San Miguel facility on the corner of Mission St and 14th St.
Some locations may provide free STD testing services for income-qualified individuals. You will need to bring proof of income to the appointment and the STI services might not include treatment or follow-up care.