What are the STI test options in Bakersfield,CA?
Bakersfield is experiencing steadily climbing STD rates, indicative of the epidemic facing the nation. Rates of infection are at their highest increases in almost two decade.
Know your risk, get tested, and stay safe so you and your partner can enjoy long and healthy lives.
The most commonly reported STDs are chlamydia, gonorrhea, and syphilis. In California, chlamydia and gonorrhea take the lead in reported cases. The rate of chlamydia in 2017 was 55.2 cases per 100,000 residents, while the rate of gonorrhea reached 190.3 cases per 100,000 residents. That is a 9% increase from the prior year for chlamydia and a 16% increase for gonorrhea.
What does this mean for you? In 2017 over 300,000 cases of the most common sexually transmitted diseases – syphilis, gonorrhea, and chlamydia combined – were reported across the state. Across the years, the collected data shows a 45% increase from 2013 to 2017.
The city of Bakersfield has many options: from Planned Parenthood Mar Monte located on 16th Street, to Community Action Partnership of Kern on 19th Street, and the Clinica Sierra Vista on 1st Street. The state also allows partner treatment, meaning a physician can prescribe medication for both the person they examine and their partner.
The Kern County Public Health Department also has information on free STD testing for residents that qualify. They do require an appointment for testing and can provide you with free condoms, along with treatment even if you do not have insurance.
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- Please contact the individual public clinic to confirm pricing. Test pricing at public clinics many times depend on income and welfare eligibility.