Orange County health officials are worried about rising STD rates, especially gonorrhea and syphilis. A big problem is that gonorrhea is becoming resistant to the only medicine left that can treat it. Syphilis was under control in the US a short decade ago, but it has made a comeback in recent years, especially because of a decrease in condom use.
This probably occurred because, due to modern treatments that make HIV less of a death sentence than it used to be, people have lost their fear of STDs. They don’t seem to understand the damage that bacterial STDs can do to their bodies.
In 2015, there were 6,175 people living with HIV or AIDS in Orange County, with a prevalence rate of 233 per 100K people, under California’s rate of 376. In 2017, 14,027 people in Orange County were diagnosed with chlamydia, at a rate of 438.2 per 100K people. The gonorrhea and (primary and secondary) syphilis rates were 111.7 and 11.5.
North Orange County Regional Health Foundation, on Orangethorpe Ave, provides STI testing. And there are more options in nearby Anaheim, such as Anaheim Urgent Care on State College Blvd, which offers STI testing and treatment.
Anaheim also has a Planned Parenthood on Lincoln Ave. They test for STIs and treat all except HIV, and the fee is on a sliding scale. You may be able to find free STD testing if you watch the community calendars of Fullerton, Anaheim, and surrounding cities.