Brea, located in Orange County, has seen an increase of STDs. With a population of 3,185,968, the prevalence of STDs is high at this time, at 377.9 per 100,000 people being affected.
In 2018, males had the highest rates of HIV diagnoses in Orange County at 278 cases and Hispanic men had the highest incidence of HIV at 153 cases. There were 27 cases of women with HIV, whereas just 5 cases of transgender male to female with HIV.
The group with the highest mode of HIV/AIDS exposure is men having sex with men with 188 cases reported. People diagnosed in the age range of 26-35 have the highest prevalence, while people 19 to 25 years of age being diagnosed came in second.
According to the CDC, the best way to prevent sexually transmitted infections is to either abstain or to use condoms. With the increase of chlamydia, gonorrhea and syphilis, it is obvious that people are using condoms less than they did in the 1980s, when HIV/AIDS became an epidemic.
When searching for clinics that offer STD testing, Orange County has a few options. Orange County Health Care Agency, located on West 17th Street, offers STD testing, preferably with an appointment. Her Choice Women’s Clinic on West Central Avenue also offers STD testing.
Radiant Health Centers on Westminster Avenue offers STD testing and of course, there are plenty of private offices that offer testing services as well.
While not all clinics offer free STD testing on a consistent basis, they may offer testing on a sliding scale dependent of income, welfare eligibility and family size. Even though free or reduced testing prices help to reduce anxiety, privacy is not guarantee and you may have to wait longer for your results than at a private clinic.