What are the STI test options in Berkeley,CA?

In 2016, 23 people in Berkeley were diagnosed with HIV, at a rate of 19 per 100K people (the California average rate is 12.9), and there were 503 people living with HIV or AIDS; 7 people died of it.

Health officials are concerned that a large percentage of people with HIV in California do not know that they have it, and they aim to get them tested and treated. Some organizations offer free STD testing to help achieve this goal.

As for bacterial STIs, in 2017 chlamydia was diagnosed at a rate of 742 per 100K people, and gonorrhea at 303.2. Syphilis had a rate of 27.3, but there were no cases of congenital syphilis.

Berkeley has many STD-testing clinics, so you’re sure to find a location suitable for you. The Berkeley Free Clinic, located on Durant Ave, provides STD testing, but you will need to call ahead of time for an appointment. The Ann Chandler Public Health Center, on University Ave, tests for all STIs for a low cost. And University Health Services offers tests for UC Berkeley students.

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STD Statistics In Alameda County, CA



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Additional STD Test Statistics in Berkeley, CA

With STD rates up across the country it did not come as a great surprise to city leaders and health officials that it is the same here.

The data indicates that males are currently among those with the greatest risk, which is surprising to some health officials. The state and city do have comprehensive sexual education programs available and statistics show that this is helping lower infection rates in women, but the same is not true for men between the ages of 15 to 24.

While some officials point out that primary and secondary Syphilis rates are decreasing dramatically in men, since peaking above state averages in 2011, Chlamydia and Gonorrhea incidents are increasing significantly. What this shows is that while one STD may be slowing down, the city is still experiencing a serious health problem.

Some of the data that indicates the city still has a long way to go before all sexually transmitted diseases are under control include,

  • Chlamydia rates in men had an incident rate around 200 in 2005, compared to a rate of almost 400 per 100,000 residents in 2014.
  • In 2014 Gonorrhea incidents in males were almost twice that of state averages.
  • Over 46 percent of the women diagnosed with Chlamydia in 2014 were between the ages of 20 to 24.
  • 40 percent of the men diagnosed with Syphilis were between the ages

STD Testing and Sexual Health Education in Berkeley, CA

With state STD rates reaching an all time high, law makers have now made it mandatory for all public high schools to offer medically accurate and comprehensive sexual education classes to all students. Unlike the abstinence only programs which just glossed over a few basic facts on HIV prevention, the new classes address all current issues and concerns.

Even though studies have consistently shown that the best way to protect teens and adults from the dangers of STDs is to be informed, some parents are still resisting the change to the new informative program. With Berkeley’s reputation for free thinking and non conservative values, this reluctance to discuss sex and STDs continues to perplex health officials.

Until everyone is comfortable discussing sex and STDs regular HIV testing in Berkeley remains an important part of taking care of your sexual health. Regular Herpes testing in Berkeley is also important.

Sexually Transmitted Diseases and Demographics in Berkeley, CA

There is no denying that demographics play a key role in the STD rates for an area, and this is also true for Berkeley. While residents of the city are typically open minded and have a strong belief in free speech, the majority still find discussions concerning STDs and sex uncomfortable. This inclination to simply ignore the problem in hopes that it will go away is not uncommon, and it is an issue health officials face in cities across the country.

Berkeley is also home to a large accredited college that brings in students from across the country, and many have never been tested for STDs. It is also not uncommon for many new students to be unaware of the dangers associated with sexually transmitted diseases or all of the ways the viruses can be spread.

Its close proximity to San Francisco Bay and its rich history during the 1960’s has also made the city a popular tourist destination. Visitors to the area can already be infected, and many do not even realize it until they have put others at risk.


Better Sexual Health in Berkeley, CA

With the beautiful San Francisco Bay in the background and home to Berkeley University, it is easy to forget that this laid back city is experiencing the same health crisis as the rest of the state. Recent budget cuts have forced many clinics to close its doors, which can make regular STD testing extremely inconvenient. It is possible to avoid spending the entire day in a crowded waiting room and take care of your sexual health, simply by making one simple phone call. You can easily schedule confidential STD testing and only spend 20 minutes or so of your time at a local lab.


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