North of San Diego, in California, along the Pacific coastline you’ll find the city of Carlsbad. Health officials in SoCal urge residents not to be laidback when it comes to their sexual health. Getting tested early and often is the best way to combat rising rates of sexually transmitted diseases.
Part of San Diego County, the Carlsbad area is experiencing its highest levels of chlamydia, gonorrhea, and syphilis this decade. The instances of chlamydia are 1.6 times higher in women than in men of this area, with most cases being young women between 20 and 24.
The total rate of chlamydia diagnoses rose 10 percent—a reported 628.5 cases per every 100,000 people. Gonorrhea is ramping up as well, reporting a 57.6 percent increase from 2015 to 2017. Primary and secondary syphilis rates rose over 15 percent between 2016 and 2017.
If you’re in the Carlsbad area and looking to get tested, there are a few affordable options nearby. The closest Planned Parenthood is a bit north, in the city of Vista. They test for and treat the following STDs: bacterial vaginosis (BV), trichomoniasis, chlamydia, gonorrhea, genital warts, herpes, and syphilis. They also test and can diagnose HIV, but this location does not offer treatment for it. Another option is the Medical Testing Center on Camino De Los Coches or there is a MinuteClinic located in the CVS on El Camino Real. Walk-ins are welcome but be prepared for a longer wait time to be seen. For free STD testing, watch for STD awareness month events in your local community.
To find the best services and location for you, use our search tools below to compare location features across Carlsbad clinics with our easy-to-read chart.