In East Kern, CA, health facilities report many cases of HIV and other STDs, including syphilis, gonorrhea, chlamydia, and HIV.
Chlamydia ranks as the most prevalent STD in East Kern, CA with 6,859 reported cases in 2017; an equivalent of about 18 cases every day. In a statewide scope, chlamydia has the second highest rate in California.
The Kern County Public Health Services reported that HIV has the lowest rate, with only 157 reported cases. The number is higher than what has been recorded in recent years but the rate remains 40% lower than in the epidemic years.
The Kern County Health also reported that cases of gonorrhea were 26% higher than the state of California, with the highest rates among youth of ages 20-24 years.
The County Public Health Dept. has taken several steps to minimize STD cases in East Kern. If you think you’ve been exposed to HIV or other STDs, you can visit a health clinic which may offer free STD testing and the Ora Quick HIV Test that takes only 20 minutes. However, you’ll have to deal with long queues.
You can visit a community-based clinic near you, as provided by the Kern County Health Dept. These clinics are opened on a weekly basis and may offer limited walk-in option. Most health workers see doctors on appointment.
Medical research centers across East Kern, CA may also provide HIV/ AIDS and STD testing. However, it takes about three days for clients to receive their test results.