Health officials in Riverside County are concerned about rising STD rates, especially syphilis. The disease was under control in the US a short decade ago, but has made a comeback due to people becoming lax about using condoms.
After the AIDS scare abated because of modern treatment methods that make HIV less of a death sentence than it used to be, use of protection decreased. Health officials warn that PEP and PrEP don’t prevent other diseases from spreading, and they urge all sexually active individuals to use protection and be tested often.
In 2015, there were 4,758 people living with HIV or AIDS in Riverside County, with a prevalence rate of 248 per 100K people, under California’s rate of 376.
In 2017, 11,167 people in Riverside County were diagnosed with chlamydia, at a rate of 467.3, in comparison to California’s rate of 552.2. The syphilis and (primary and secondary) syphilis rates were 140.6 and 10.8.
The Hemet Family Care Center on North State Street provides STD testing. You can also be tested at the Hemet, CA STD, DNA, Drug & Wellness Testing Center on Devonshire Ave.
Clinicas de Salud del Pueblo, Inc. also has a Hemet location and provides low-cost, confidential STI testing and treatment. Keep an eye on local events to see if you can find free STD testing, especially during STD Awareness Month.