Fresno County has reported record highs in the number of cases of sexually transmitted diseases. In 2017 there were over 300,000 cases of the three most prevalent STDs – gonorrhea, chlamydia, and syphilis – reported across the state. This prevalence shows an increase of 45% over a four year period and the highest rate of cases in at least two decades.
Alarmingly, congenital syphilis is on the rise, too. Increasing across the United States, California alone witnessed 30 stillbirths in 2017 as the result of congenital syphilis. California comes in 2nd in the nation for congenital syphilis.
Chlamydia rates were 505.2 cases per 100,000 people and gonorrhea climbed to 190.3 cases per 100,000 people.
Numbers have been climbing, with a 9% increase over just the past year for chlamydia and a 16% increase for gonorrhea. So stay safe and informed with regular testing at a local facility.
Testing facilities are scattered across the area. The Fresno County Economic Opportunities Commission can be found on 1047 R Street and the Fresno County Department of Public Health is located at 1221 Fulton Mall. Clinica Sierra Vista has locations on North Clark and East Divisadero Street, while WestCare Foundation can be found at 901 East Belmont.
Free STD testing is available, though you may have to pay for any extra services which can include treatment or speaking to a doctor.
You do have options so there is no reason to not get tested.