Contra Costa County California experienced an increase in STD’s between 2015 and 2019, with chlamydia cases rising from 2700 cases to 4700 during this period. During this same period of time, syphilis cases rose from 815 reported cases in the county to 1300 cases. From 2006 to 2008, there were 599 HIV/Aids cases and 49.6 percent of all cases were among whites and 30.1 cases were among African Americans.
In 2017, there were 5,731 reported cases of chlamydia with a rate of 504.9 cases for every 100,000 residents.
Planned Parenthood Northern California (Hilltop – Richmond Health Center) on Hilltop Mall Road and Contra Costa Health Services (West County Health Center) on San Pablo Road are both viable options for STD testing in the county. Residents can also seek testing at LifeLong Medical Care (Brookside Community Health Center) on Vale Road.
Other testing locations in the area include Planned Parenthood Northern California (Vallejo Health Center) on Sacramento Street as well as Solano County Health and Social Services Department (Vallejo Health Clinic) on Toulumne Street. The LifeLong Medical Care (Lifelong Brookside Richmond Health Center) on Nevin Avenue is also an option.
There may be other locations in the area that offer free STD testing. However, these locations may have limited or inconvenient hours as well as limiteds STD tests. Some of the tests that may be offered may not be comprehensive as well.
Other things to consider include the fact that immediate results may not be available and a doctor’s consultation may not be available on location or by phone. Plus, people who test positive for an STD may not have access to prescriptions for medication.