Blythe, CA, has been facing a spike in the rate of the new diagnosis of sexually transmitted diseases (STDs), according to a recent surveillance report from the CDC. Data from the County Health Rankings and Roadmaps indicated that Riverside County had 4,269 cases of HIV in 2009, with an STD’s prevalence rate of 253 incidences per 100,000 persons.
According to the 2017 report from the California Department of Public Health, the incidences of gonorrhea in Riverside County had been increasing steadily since 2013. By 2017, new cases of gonorrhea had hit 3,361, and that of chlamydia had soared to 11,167.
The HIV/STD Program that is spearheaded by the Riverside County Department of Public Health is in the front line in the war against the rapid transmission of STDs in Blythe, CA. It offers residents quality HIV testing services as well as counseling services to all the residents.
To access STD test services, one may visit Planned Parenthood – Riverside Family Planning Center, Planned Parenthood of the Pacific Southwest Incorporated Coachella Center, Desert AIDS Project Indio Office, Central City Community Health Center, Westshore’s Medical Clinic or the Clinicas de Salud del Pueblo Coachella Medical Clinic
Alternatively, several health facilities around Blythe, CA may offer free STD testing. The testing services, however, may be based on either welfare eligibility or income. Moreover, some of the free STD clinics may refuse to test you unless you have noticeable symptoms. Also, you have to create time off your work schedule to go the health centers since online services may not exist.