The rate at which STD cases are being reported is increasing in Contra Costa County, according to the county’s health department data from 2016.
In 2015, there were more than 4,700 cases of chlamydia in the county, 1,300 cases of gonorrhea and 140 cases of syphilis, up from 2,700, 815 and 17 respectively, 10 years ago. Incidence of gonorrhea and early syphilis are particularly prevalent in men, while women are overrepresented in chlamydia statistics.
The county’s STD rates are still slightly below state averages.
New cases of HIV are, however, declining – diagnoses peaked in 1992 when there were 250 cases reported. In 2000 there were 21 diagnoses reported. In 2016, there were 2,590 people living with HIV, at a rate of 229.2 per 100,000. While, figures from 2000 reveal that in Danville, CA, 12 people were living with HIV while 27 HIV positive people died the same year.
“Contra Costa County comes in 63rd place, in the whole of the U.S., for high rates of syphilis, ranked by county, for 1,760 total cases in 2017, a rate of 155 cases for every 100,000 of the population.”
There are several places near Danville, CA where residents may get tested for STDs or HIV. This includes the Rainbow Community Center and Planned Parenthood in Concord, and the Contra Costa Health Services at the
Concord Health Center.
Residents can also try the Planned Parenthood in Walnut Creek or Contra Costa Health Services in Martinez.
Free STD testing may be available but an appointment may be needed and there may be long wait times.