STD rates, including chlamydia, syphilis, and gonorrhea, rose for the fifth year in a row in Orange County. This epidemic does not only affect large cities in the county, such as Santa Ana. Smaller communities like Fountain Valley, CA are also affected by the rise in STD cases.
According to Orange County Incident Reports, chlamydia rates in the county rose from 404.4 cases per 100,000 residents in 2016 to 438.2 cases per 100,000 residents in 2017. Gonorrhea rates also rose from 96.4 cases per 100,000 people in 2016 to 111.7 cases per 100,000 people in 2017.
Syphilis rates (primary and secondary stages) also rose from 2016 to 2017, as the rates of new syphilis cases increased from 9.8 cases per 100,000 citizens in 2016 to 11.5 cases per 100,000 citizens in 2017.
Orange County health records show that the number of newly diagnosed HIV cases dropped for the third year in a row, as the number of new HIV cases fell from 332 cases in 2016 to 300 cases in 2017 to 280 cases in 2018.
There are several public health centers in Fountain Valley, CA or nearby Costa Mesa that might offer HIV or STD testing, including Fountain Valley Urgent Care, The Women’s Health Center, AIDS Services Foundation – Costa Mesa, and Planned Parenthood – Costa Mesa Health Center. There are also a large number of private physicians and health care clinics that might provide STD and HIV testing. Many of these offices are located near I-405 or off Warner Avenue near Mile Square Park.
You can also choose to travel into the county seat of Santa Ana to find several additional clinics that might offer STD testing, such as The LGTB Center – Orange County, Orange County Health Center, and FPA Women’s Health.
Some of these health centers and offices may advertise free STD testing. While some of these tests are free, they may not be comprehensive STD tests and they may not offer immediate results.