Lake Forest is a city within Orange County where current available data at the county level shows the prevalence for chlamydia is 443.2, gonorrhea 120.7, and syphilis 37.9 for every 100,000 people.
The HIV data available for Lake Forest shows that there are either 5 or fewer cases or data was lacking. According to the county’s Health Care Agency, the county has seen significant increases in all types of STDs over the last three years.
In Orange County, the number of cases involving syphilis, gonorrhea and chlamydia has dramatically increased since 2011, particularly for people between the ages of 20 and 24, according to the California Department of Public Health.
Lake Forest public health is managed under the Orange County Health Care Agency which has created programs and initiatives such as free condoms and lube, information and education in both English and Spanish, quick check programs for frequent visitors, and HIV/STD partner services that informs partners of potential exposure and the 2-1-1 hotline.
The Coalition of Orange County Community Health Centers lists the SOS & Peace Center Health Clinic on Purpose Dr and the Camino Health Center on Aspan St.
Planned Parenthood has a location nearby on La Paz Road in Mission Viejo. There is also a STD Clinic on 17th St in Santa Ana.
While some clinics may offer free STD testing, the downsides may include inconsistent hours and availability that may not be convenient or services may depend on income and welfare eligibility.