Monterey County hosts Greenfield City and has experienced upward and downward surges in the infection rates and amounts of STDs in the past.
HIV incidents were 645 in 2016 and slightly escalated to 647 new infections in 2017. The numbers declined to 622 positive diagnoses in 2018.
In 2016, Chlamydia cases were 1814 with an occurrence rate of 412.5 per 100, 000 population and soared to 2135 positive diagnoses at a prevalence rate of 482.5 per 100, 000 people in 2017. In 2018, the numbers further rose 2239 at a rate of 504.5 per 100, 000 people.
Primary and Secondary Syphilis incidents increased from 28 ases in 2016 to 42 new infections in 2017. They dropped to 37 positive diagnoses in 2018 while early Syphilis infections had a small decrease from 4 cases in 2016 to 2 positive diagnoses in 2017, shooting up to 12 new incidents in 2018.
Gonorrhea recorded an increase in infections from 345 cases at a prevalence of 78.5 in 2016 to 419 positive diagnoses in 2017 at a rate of 94.8 and upwards to 429 infections at an occurrence rate of 96.7.
The county of Monterey Health Department has various STD prevention programs to lower the number of infection rates within the county and surrounding communities. The programs cater to services, such as STD testing and treatment, administration of PrEP mediation, counseling, and distribution of safer sex supplies, including condoms.
STD Free Los Angeles, Crane Center, and Planned Parenthood – Salinas Health Center are some STD testing centers you may find in the Greenfield area.
Free STD testing services at some medical facilities may have challenges such as lack of doctors on-site and irregular open hours.