The unincorporated city of El Dorado Hills, CA, east of Sacramento, is facing a serious STD outbreak.
In 2017, there were nearly 500 new cases of chlamydia in El Dorado County, where the city is located. That’s an increase of more than 100 new diagnoses in a two-year span. The county had 38 new gonorrhea infections in 2015, which jumped to over 100 in 2017.
The crisis isn’t limited to these two STIs, the number of primary and secondary syphilis incidents between 2015 and 2017 doubled.
Health practitioners and county officials are growing concerned over the rising STD rates in El Dorado County. They want people to know that home kits are basic STI screenings, and they need to go to a clinic for more accurate testing, treatment, and follow-up care with a medical professional.
Several locations in the city offer comprehensive STD screenings. Many clinics also provide treatment and follow-up services. The Shingle Springs Health and Wellness Center on Honpie Rd in Placerville offers testing services.
Another facility is the Wellspace Health Roseville Community Center on Medical Plaza Dr in nearby Roseville. This site is inside the Associates in Women’s Health Care building. Wellspace also offers a center in Citrus Heights on the corner of Matheny Way and Greenback Ln.
Planned Parenthood’s nearest location is in the Roseville Health Center on Sunrise Ave.
Yes, there may be free STD testing sites. Keep in mind that these locations will require proof of income and might not provide comprehensive screenings. Instead, they offer whichever STIs that are most prevalent in the county.