Grass Valley, CA, is a city at the Sierra Nevada Mountain Range’s western foothills in Nevada County that’s experiencing an STD outbreak that’s not slowing down.
Chlamydia is on the rise. In 2015, the area had 217 cases, and in 2016 it listed 247 new diagnoses.
Gonorrhea is another problem in the Grass Valley area. The county listed 27 new infections in 2015, and two years later, in 2016, it more than doubled with 66 cases.
All syphilis infections are increasing. The area listed 1 primary and secondary syphilis diagnosis in 2014, and in 2016 it had 8.
In 2014, the county reported no early non-primary non-secondary syphilis cases. A 2018 review found 7 new infections.
It had 1 total early syphilis diagnosis in 2014. By 2016, it had 8 cases.
The Nevada County Public Health officials are concerned about the rise in STD infections in the area. To reduce these numbers, they’re asking all individuals to seek regular STD testing if they’re sexually active.
There are several locations in and near Grass Valley and Nevada County that offer comprehensive STD testing. Most sites include treatment and follow-up care.
One option is the Citizens for Choice at The Clinic on Plaza Dr. in Grass City.
Also in Grass City is the Living Well Medical Clinic on Catherine Ln. and Chapa-De Indian Health at the Grass Valley Health Center on E. Main Street.
Services are available at the Nevada County Health and Human Services Agency on Crown Point Cir. in Grass Valley.
Some of these facilities offer free STD testing. No-cost clinics might require proof of income. Additionally, appointments may only be available for walk-in services.