The San Francisco Bay area is known for high STD rates. Contra Costa County’s rates are not as high as those of San Francisco County, but they’re not low either.
In 2015, there were 2,066 people living with HIV and AIDS in Contra Costa County, with a prevalence rate of 220 per 100K people, below California’s rate of 376 and well below San Francisco’s rates.
But it’s the bacterial STD rates that are more concerning. In 2017, 5,735 people in Contra Costa County were diagnosed with chlamydia at a rate of 503.9 per 100K people, a bit under California’s rate of 552.2. The gonorrhea and (primary and secondary) syphilis rates were 155.1 and 11.6.
Syphilis was under control in the US a short decade ago, but it has made a comeback in recent years, mostly due to decreased condom use. Health officials urge all sexually active people to use protection every time and to get tested often, even if they are not experiencing symptoms.
Planned Parenthood is located on Pacheco St. They test for STIs and treat all except HIV, and the fee is on a sliding scale. The Concord Health Center provides STI testing at their clinic on Willow Pass Rd.
The Contra Costa Public Health Department operates a mobile HIV-testing clinic from a van. Don’t forget to check the community calendar, especially during STD Awareness Month. You may be able to find free STD testing.