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Castro Valley, California

Castro Valley, California is in Alameda County. It is included in the San Francisco Bay Area occupying the East Bay region and also the San Jose-San Francisco-Oakland combined statistical area.

Castro Valley is named after Don Guillermo Castro. He was a rancher and soldier in the Mexican army.

The area was first known for chicken ranches. Rodeos are held regularly at the Harry Rowell Rodeo Ranch located in this city.

You could go to a nurse or counsellor at an area school to get information about STDs, testing, and treatment. We will also look at other options to get such information in Castro Valley, CA.

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STD Statistics In Alameda County, CA

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STDs that include chlamydia, gonorrhea, and early (infectious) syphilis have mostly been on the rise in the Bay Area over the past six years. This is according to state Department of Public Health statistics.

State figures for Alameda County show chlamydia cases have increased from 444.1 cases per 100,000 residents in 2010 to 499.1 cases in 2015. Reported gonorrhea cases went up from 2010’s 121.5 cases per 100,000 to 173.9, and early syphilis up from 7.0 cases per 100,000 in 2010 to 9.9 cases in 2015

Especially concerning is the increasing rate of syphilis among women, and in particular pregnant women, who can pass the disease along to their babies. This we can attribute to increased reporting of cases by doctors and clinics to county health officers.

We can also attribute this to increasing drug use involving needle-sharing and to changes in social behavior. Mostly we can attribute it to a decline in condom use. Some feel that the decline in condom use we can attribute to less concern about HIV, given its dramatically improved treatments.

An Alameda County Public Health Department’s STD control officer said electronic reporting has greatly improved the frequency and accuracy of such reports. Health care workers must, by law, report each case of STDs to local health authorities, which generally is at the county level.

Graph of std rates in castro valley california from 2015

STD Testing and Sexual Education in Castro Valley, CA

Comprehensive sex education is the law in California. This means that all public schools in California are required by law to teach comprehensive sex education and HIV prevention education at least once in middle school and once in high school.

Comprehensive sex education includes learning about anatomy and birth control. It also means students are taught about healthy relationships, decision-making, and more.

This sex education should give students information to make healthy decisions about relationships and sexual and reproductive health. The sex education curriculum in school should include information about:

  • Sexual harassment, sexual assault, and sex trafficking
  • Health relationships
  • Adolescent relationship abuse, intimate partner violence and sexual coercion
  • Sexual orientation and sexuality
  • Gender identity, gender roles, and gender stereotypes
  • Consent, communication, and healthy decision-making
  • HIV prevention and other STD prevention including testing and treatment
  • Pregnancy prevention, parenting, adoption, and abortion

It is the right of a student to get this information in schools. A group called Teen Source asks students if they are actually getting comprehensive sex education at school.

Teen Source provides students with a questionnaire online to fill out to say if they have not received sex education covering all of the above. Teen Source also gives students a chance to explain if they have received information that is not accurate.

Legislation passed in California, AB 329, requires sexual health and HIV prevention education in public schools. This has helped Planned Parenthood reach more youth, but there still are young adults in their 20s who lack information.

We hear reports that many students in college have limited info because they had limited or no sex education. It’s still a big issue in families where people do not talk about it or it’s considered taboo.

Planned Parenthood offers education services to anybody in the community. This can be a family, small group, or class.

Sexually Transmitted Diseases and Demographics in Castro Valley, CA

A look at demographics can help our understanding of STI rates in your city and region. The demographic that is most likely to be infected and least likely to get tested is people 25 and younger.  Some experts blame the rates of STDs in this demographic in part on the use of new hook up apps that lead to casual sex among people 25 and younger.

Concerning the jump in the state for STDs, officials are not sure of all the reasons. People are not using condoms regularly so this could lead to the higher STD rates. People are going without testing and treatment and unknowingly spreading STDs. This is another possible reason for the higher rates.

We also see reports that STD prevention systems have been weakened because local and state clinics have reduced capacity or closed in the last few years. This also contributes to higher STI rates.

HIV diagnoses were 85 percent for men having sex with men in 2013. Gay men saw the highest rates for STDs.  Twice as many women suffer from chlamydia compared to men.

Men suffer in higher numbers than women from other STDs including syphilis and HIV. STD rates also are generally higher in areas with a high poverty rate.

Racial disparities persist. We have seen annual rates for gonorrhea of 351.1 per 100,000 with this being 6.2 times the non-Hispanic white rate of 57 per 100,000.

The California Department of Public Health (CDPH) is addressing these disparities in STDs. They have identified census tracts with high numbers of gonorrhea and racial disparities and puts an intervention focus in these area.

The group is also collaborating with the California Department of Education. They are trying to reduce the high rates of STDs among youth through supporting comprehensive sex education, improving access to sexual health services, and helping schools build supportive environments for all youth, including lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender students.

The CDPH trains medical providers to assure that they are assessing their patients’ risk for STDs, screening appropriately and using the most effective treatments. The CDPH also works with local health jurisdictions to coordinate disease prevention and control efforts statewide. They help identify infected individuals and assure that they and their partners get treated.

STI Testing Resources in Castro Valley, CA

Planned Parenthood Hayward Health Clinic is a facility that can help you. It offers services including:

  • Chlamydia Test
  • Conventional HIV Blood Test
  • Gonorrhea Test
  • Hepatitis B Test
  • Hepatitis C Test
  • Herpes Test
  • Rapid HIV Blood Test

Individuals ages 19 – 26 who have no health insurance and meet financial criteria may qualify for the Merck Vaccine Patient Assistance Program to receive the HPV vaccine (Gardasil) at no charge. This is at the Planned Parenthood location.

This health center supports and welcomes clients regardless of sexual orientation, gender identity, or biological sex, including but not limited to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, questioning, and intersex clients. All services are provided in a respectful and professional manner.

Planned Parenthood launched an app in California to encourage people to get STD testing. Through the app men and women can order chlamydia and gonorrhea tests.

If you are embarrassed to be seen at Planned Parenthood you could consider the hospital or urgent care option. No one will know why you are there. Yet another option is a private service such as PlushCare.

FIrst, you order your STD tests, and then visit a local lab. You’ll  get your results via email in three business days or less.  

You can also use the STD Check private service. This service is advertised as being 100 percent confidential. All tests are FDA approved. Same day testing is also available. Five-minute testing is an option with results in one to two days.

STD Check does not accept insurance. This way your testing results are not reported to your insurance company. This service provides a free phone consultation with a doctor for every test where you have a positive result.

Alameda County Medical Center Fairmont HIV Clinic is another option. The clinic offers HIV testing. HIV case management is available to Alameda County residents who meet eligibility requirements.

Alameda County Medical Center Winton Wellness Center offers:

  • HIV Testing
  • Chlamydia Testing
  • Syphilis Testing
  • Gonorrhea Testing
  • Herpes Testing
  • Hepatitis B Vaccine
  • HPV Vaccine

Alameda County Medical Center Eastmont Wellness Center offers:

  • HIV Testing
  • Chlamydia Testing
  • Syphilis Testing
  • Gonorrhea Testing
  • Hepatitis B Vaccine
  • HPV Vaccine

Better Sexual Health in Castro Valley, CA

Whether you go to an urgent care center, hospital, clinic, Planned Parenthood, a counsellor or nurse at an area high school, or an online service, you can find in your area information about STDs, testing, and treatment in your area. While STD rates are high in your area, help is available in your area in the way of testing and treatment that is confidential, discreet, compassionate, and effective.

Consider how the staff at these facilities is trained to help someone like you. This is especially with the staff at Planned Parenthood or any other facility reminding you to check your health, improve it, and keep yourself healthy by always using a condom.

Eden Medical Center is a facility that can help you. You can get information about STDs, testing, and treatment from a counsellor or nurse at a school such as Castro Valley High School. Here are links to resources mentioned above.

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