Incorporated in 2008, Menifee is located in Riverside County—near Temecula and bordering Murrieta. That puts it on the edge of the Los Angeles-San Diego Mega-region of almost 23 million people. High-density populations go hand-in-hand with higher rates of sexually transmitted diseases.
The Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario Metropolitan area has been experiencing a steady rise of about 250 new cases for HIV/Aids per year since 2010. They’re also reporting more cases of chlamydia, syphilis, and gonorrhea than ever before.
These increases may be, in part, due to Menifee sharing STD reporting rates with the incredibly popular arts and music festival site: Coachella Valley.
The 26 communities of Riverside County—of which Menifee is the newest—has formed a collaborative as part of Riverside University Health System-Public Health’s “Spotlight on Syphilis” (S.O.S.) campaign. They regularly hold meetings to strategize ways to stop the concerning uptrend of syphilis rates in Riverside County and beyond. The current rate is at around 12 cases per 100,000 people in the region. Which is a lower number than looking at Coachella Valley’s rates alone (32 cases for every 100,000 people).
Medical professionals urge frequent and regular testing and open dialogue between all partners to fight back the trend. In Menifee, there is a Quest Diagnostics just off of the 215, and many more near you. Some may offer free STD testing to those who qualify and sometimes can return results in as little as 1-2 days.
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