Ladera Ranch, CA, is a city in Orange County that borders San Juan Capistrano and is fighting a severe STD outbreak.
Between 2013 and 2017, chlamydia infections increased significantly. The county reported 9,291 cases in 2014 and 14,027 in 2017, of which 8,936 were women.
In 2014, it had 1,798 new gonorrhea infections, and in 2017, it jumped to 3,574. Of the new infections in 2017, 2,389 were men.
Primary and secondary syphilis cases are also growing with 205 new diagnoses in 2014 and 368 in 2017, of which 350 were males. Early latent infections are also rising with 145 in 2014, and 319 in 2017.
County health officials in California are concerned about the increasing number of STD diagnoses and are asking that sexually active persons seek regular STI screenings to help stop the spread of these preventable diseases.
STD testing is available at several locations in Ladera Ranch and the nearby areas. Many sites include treatment and follow-up care.
The Camino Health Center on Camino Capistrano offers STI screenings. This location is near a public bus route.
Another option is the Planned Parenthood of Orange and San Bernardino Counties Incorporated at the Mission Viejo Health Center on La Paz Road.
The Laguna Beach Community Clinic also provides STI services on 3rd St. This center is also located close to a public bus stop.
Some clinics may offer free STD testing. These sites might as for proof of income and walk-in appointments may not be available. Additional fees could be required for treatment and aftercare.