In 2015, there were 6,175 people living with HIV or AIDS in Orange County, with a prevalence rate of 233 per 100K people, under the California rate of 376. But health officials say that there are still a lot of people out there who haven’t been tested and don’t know they are infected.
Once a person is tested and finds that they are HIV-positive, they can begin taking PEP, which suppresses the viral load, keeping them healthy and making it less likely that the virus will be passed on. Their partners can take PrEP to protect themselves, but they should continue to use protection when having sex.
In 2017, 14,027 people in Orange County were diagnosed with chlamydia, at a rate of 438.2 per 100K people. The gonorrhea and (primary and secondary) syphilis rates were 111.7 and 11.5.
There is a Planned Parenthood in nearby Costa Mesa. They test for STIs and treat all except HIV, and the fee is on a sliding scale. You can also be tested at the Orange County Health Care Agency on 17th St. MedPost Urgent Care of Huntington Beach, on Adams Ave, also screens for STDs. Keep an eye on local events to see if you can find free STD testing during STD Awareness Month or any education campaign.