San Bernardino County has been experiencing significant spikes in the rates of STDs. The county ranked 16th with the highest number of Chlamydia cases countrywide in 2016, 7th in Congenital Syphilis, and 11th in primary and secondary Syphilis.
In 2017, over 15,000 cases of STDs were recorded in the county. 13,200 Chlamydia cases were recorded at a rate of 601.9 per 100,000 cases. The rates had increased from 402.8 per 100,000 cases in 2007. Young residents aged between 15-24 years accounted for 45 percent of the total incidences recorded.
Gonorrhea rates increased from 90.9 per 100,000 cases in 2007 to 182.5 per 100,000 cases in 2017. Black people were the most infected with an incidence rate of 225.1 per 100,000 cases. In 2016,
A total of 4,161 people were found to be living with HIV where 67.3% of them were in care and the rest were virally suppressed.
San Bernardino County government has partnered with schools, medical providers, and non-profit community organizations to ensure residents have easy access to testing, treatment, and proper sexual health education to curb the growth of these diseases.
Planned Parenthood- San Bernardino Health Centr,e located in Commercenter, is among the available facilities that offer testing and treatment for all STDs.
Other STD testing centers include, but not limited to San Bernardino Health Center located in Mill Street, San Bernardino, FPA Women’s Health in Hospitality Lane, Beaver Medical group-Highland office and urgent care in Boulder Avenue.
You might qualify for the state-funded program or a fee sliding scale in some of the facilities that provide free STD testing, however, you may have to pass through some stringent eligibility procedures. Furthermore, some of the testing services may not be comprehensive.