Lakeside, CA, an area in San Diego County, is fighting the same dangerous STD outbreak as the rest of the state.
Primary and secondary syphilis diagnoses increased from 354 in 2013, to 584 in 2017, or a rate change from 11 new infections per 100,000 residents to 18.
In 2013, the county reported 16,114 new chlamydia cases, and in 2017, it had 20,810, or a rate change from 502 diagnoses for every 100,000 individuals to 627.
Gonorrhea infections have also been increasing with 2,871 in 2013, and 5,951 in 2017, which was a rate change from 89 cases for every 100,000 residents to 179.
San Diego County health officials are concerned about the growing number of new infections are asking all sexually active individuals to seek regular STD testing.
There are dozens of health centers in and nearby Lakeside that provide comprehensive STD testing. Many include treatment, counseling, and follow-up care at the same facility.
Neighborhood Healthcare offers STI screenings at the Lakeside Healthcare Center on Vine St.
Another option is the Planned Parenthood of the Pacific Southwest Incorporated located at the El Cajon Health Center on E Main St. This site is accessible by a public bus route.
Mountain Health Alpine Family Medicine provides services on Alpine Blvd across from a local bus route and pharmacy.
Some health centers may offer free STD testing. However, they may not provide comprehensive screenings of all STIs, and patients might not be able to speak to a doctor. These sites may also ask for proof of income.