Health authorities in Coachella Valley, CA, continue to deal with significant rates of STD infections. Besides HIV/ AIDS, chlamydia, gonorrhea, and primary & secondary syphilis are some of the commonly reported cases in the region.
According to a survey by the Riverside University Health System (RUHS), there were 2,605 new incidents of STDs in Coachella Valley, CA, in 2015. That accounted for about 21% of all STD cases recorded in Riverside County. Of all new STD incidents, 70% were cases of chlamydia.
The RUHS STD report also indicated that the rate of syphilis was as high as 192.3 per 100,000 population. The rates were notably higher in males between the age of 40 and 46 years.
Through the Desert AIDS Project (DAP), sexually active persons in Coachella Valley, CA are being encouraged to go for regular testing and get treated if it is necessary. Several health centers in the city may deliver free STD testing, especially community health clinics. However, these provide testing for only a limited number of STDs.
Individuals who are most susceptible to contracting HIV can lower their risk by seeking voluntary counseling and testing on HIV in a private clinic. The doctors may offer medication plans, such as PrEP and nPEP. These medical regimens designed to ensure you are not at risk even after exposure to HIV.
Also, many specialty clinics such cosmetic and surgery centers may render additional services like provision of free condoms for both men and women, referrals to expert doctors, and high-risk counseling.