Big Bear Lake and its surrounding San Bernardino County communities saw a rise in STD rates, including chlamydia, gonorrhea, and syphilis, from 2016 to 2017.
According to records from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, chlamydia rates in San Bernardino County communities, including Big Bear Lake, rose from 11,534 newly reported cases in 2016 to 13,153 newly reported cases in 2017. These reports also show that gonorrhea rates in the county increased from 3,393 newly reported cases in 2016 to 3,993 newly reported cases in 2017.
In addition, syphilis rates in the county rose by 47%, as the number of newly reported primary and secondary syphilis cases jumped from 165 cases in 2016 to 242 cases in 2017.
California state Surveillance Reports show that there was only one newly reported case of HIV in San Bernardino County in 2016.
There are limited resources in Big Bear Lake to obtain HIV and STD testing, but local clinics, such as BVCHD Family Health and Big Bear Lake Public Health Center may offer this type of testing. Some private medical facilities and physician offices may also offer STD testing. Many of these practices are located along Big Bear Boulevard.
Big Bear Lake residents can also travel into the San Bernardino area to find additional facilities that might provide STD and HIV testing, including the San Bernardino Health Center, San Bernardino County Department of Health, Planned Parenthood – San Bernardino Health Center, FPA Women’s Health Center, and Foothills AIDS Project.
Some clinics may promote low-cost or free STD testing, but it’s important to understand that not all clinics offer after-test treatment options. In addition, some healthcare centers may have limited clinic hours.