The San Francisco Bay area is known for high STD rates, though Alameda County’s rates are lower than those of San Francisco and Los Angeles counties. In 2015, there were 5,354 people living with HIV or AIDS in Alameda County, with a prevalence rate of 388 per 100K people, only a little over California’s average of 376.
But health officials are worried about the people out there who don’t yet know they are infected, and who may be unknowingly infecting others.
HIV can be suppressed by PEP, and PrEP can decrease the chances of catching the virus from an HIV-positive partner, but people on medication should not let down their guard and stop using protection, as other STIs can still be passed on (health professionals partially blame this behavior for the resurgence of syphilis).
In 2017, Alameda County’s chlamydia rate was 556.9 per 100K people, and the gonorrhea and (primary and secondary) syphilis rates were 217.6 and 13.8.
Hayward has some STD-testing clinics, and there are many more options in the surrounding area. Planned Parenthood is located on A St. They test for STIs and treat all except HIV, and the fee is on a sliding scale. Aids Project of the East Bay (APEB), in nearby Oakland, offers rapid HIV and hepatitis C testing.
The Tri-City Health Center in Fremont provides HIV and other STI testing. If you keep an eye on the community calendar, there may be free STD events periodically.