Syphilis rates escalated in Manteca and the entire San Jose County during the crack cocaine epidemic of the early 1990s.
63 cases of Syphilis were reported in 1993, which was the highest during that period. In 2000, it hit a record low of 1 case only to increase again in the years to follow. In 2010, 33 cases of Syphilis were reported.
Chlamydia is the most notorious STD affecting all age groups and has been on the rise since 2000. In 2000, 340 cases were reported per 100,000 persons and the rate had reached 500 per 100, 000 persons in 2009. The rate was highest among young people aged between 15 to 29-years.
The rate of Gonorrhea rose steadily from 2000 to 2005. In 2000, 80 cases were recorded per 100, 000 persons. The highest level was recorded in 2007 when it affected 145 people. It declined from 2007 to 2009 when 80 cases were recorded.
The County Department of health has taken an innovative approach to eliminate STDs through scientific methods that are sustainable, affordable, and cost-effective. Furthermore, there are STD programs that closely monitor the current STD trends.
To protect their sexual well-being, residents can get medical treatment from reputable health facilities such as the San Joaquin health center and San Joaquin County public health services.
Free STD testing and low treatment prices are offered in some of the public clinics, however, treatment may be costly depending on the stage of the infection.