El Centro, California is a small town in Imperial County. The prevalence of STDs in Imperial County according to the latest report is 353 cases of Chlamydia, 40.1 cases of Gonorrhea, 6.5 cases of Syphilis, and 5.4 cases of HIV for every 100,000 people. Current trends show increases in Chlamydia and Gonorrhea from previous years.
Imperial County Health Department reports nearly 1,000 cases of people with sexually transmitted disease. Health officials said the numbers keep rising.
El Centro is part of Imperial County Public Health Department which offers HIV testing and counseling on Wednesdays. They also have a Partner Services program that can inform patients that they may have been exposed.
In response to the lack of information in clinical and behavioral data that leads to increasing rates of gonorrhea, the enhanced gonorrhea surveillance program was created. In Imperial County, they participate and follow all cases of gonorrhea reported for behavioral and clinical information.
When considering a clinic to choose from, there are a few options. There is an Imperial County Public Health Clinic located on Broadway.
Planned Parenthood also has a location in town on 4th street. Another option to ocnsider is the El Centro Medical – Clinicas de Salud del Pueblo on Danenberg Dr.
While some clinics may offer free STD testing services, others may have income requirements, walk-in options might not exist, may have long wait times or inconvenient hours, or some tests may be free but are not comprehensive.