El Cajon experienced yet another consecutive year for rising rates of the most commonly reported sexually transmitted diseases. Part of San Diego County, the El Cajon area is seeing its highest levels of chlamydia, gonorrhea, and syphilis these last twenty years. Preventing STIs should be high on the county’s priority list.
Infectious syphilis rates were trending up by 15.2 percent between 2016 and 2017.
Early syphilis is being caught at a higher rate in men than women in the San Diego area, with 85.5 percent of those cases coming from the LGBTQ+ community.
The county news center recommends the following way to prevent STDs: talk honestly about STIs with your sexual partners and your medical professional, get screened regularly, reduce your number of sexual partners, and use condoms and approved barrier methods.
The instances of chlamydia are 1.6 times higher in women than in men of this region, with most cases being women between the ages of 20 and 24. The total rate of chlamydia diagnoses rose 10%—a reported 628.5 cases per every 100,000 people. Gonorrhea is surging as well, reporting a whopping 57.6 percent increase from 2015 to 2017.
There are many options available to you for testing in the El Cajon area, though you may have to travel to San Diego. San Diego County runs four STD clinics that offer testing and treatment regardless of your ability to pay. Those four clinics are Public Health Center in Oceanside, County Health Services Complex on Rosecrans, Central Region Public Health Center on University Avenue, and South Region Public Health Center in Chula Vista. If you’re a young woman under 25, you may be eligible for free STD testing (gonorrhea and chlamydia only) through a county-implemented program.
To find the best services and location for you, use our search tools below to compare location features across El Cajon clinics with our easy-to-read chart.