Marina, CA, a city in Monterey County, is in the middle of an STD crisis with a steadily growing number of new syphilis, gonorrhea, and chlamydia infections.
In 2015, the county reported 36 new primary and secondary syphilis cases, or a rate of eight infections for every 100,000 residents, and in 2017, it had 41, or a rate of 9 new ones for every 100,000 people.
There were 305 gonorrhea diagnoses in 2015 or a rate of 70 cases for every 100,000 individuals, and in 2017, it jumped to 420 new infections or a rate of 95 diagnoses for every 100,000 residents.
Chlamydia is also growing with 1,789 cases in 2015, and 2,144 in 2017. This was a rate increase of 410 new infections per every 100,000 people and 484 in 2017.
Public health officials in Monterey County are working to reduce the spread of these diseases by urging sexually active individuals to seek regular STD testing.
There are several locations in Marina and more than a dozen nearby that provide comprehensive STD testing. Most of these clinics include treatment, counseling, and follow-up care.
The Monterey County Health Department operates the Monterey County Health Clinic at Marina on the corner of DeForest Rd and Reservation Rd. This site is located near several local bus routes.
The Clinicas de Salud Del Valley De Salinas offers screenings at the Castroville Medical Clinic on Merritt St.
Some of health centers may offer free STD testing. Services might not include all types of STIs, which is comprehensive care and may charge for treatment and follow-up appointments.