Scenic Merced, smack dab in the heart of The Golden State’s enormous Central Valley. California’s most productive agricultural region, and genesis of countless cultural icons. It gets its name from the Merced river and lends its nomenclature to Metropolitan statistical area; which it shares with Modesto California. It also shares Modesto’s rising rates of sexually transmitted diseases.
The stunning fertile valley of Merced suffers from vicious STD and STI transmission rates. Since 2013 there has been a 45% increase in diagnosis of chlamydia, gonorrhea, and syphilis, according to the California Department of Public Health (CDPH). That is a leap of more than 300,000 new infections in that time. Worse still, in 2017 alone there were more than 30 stillbirths attributed to congenital syphilis in California. The highest it has been in nearly a quarter of a century. Doctors in Merced County are concerned that not enough of the public is being regularly tested, furthering the spread of virulent disease.
Options in prevention, detection, and treatment for the people of Merced are available. There are a handful of clinics north of the 99, close to Parsons, and there is Merced County Health Department where 140 hits the 99.
Free or affordable screening may be available at some clinics. Particularly around April, which is sexually transmitted disease awareness month. Locations often offer same day testing and can provide results in as little as 1-2 days. Students of Merced Community College on M street may have even more options available to them. Check your campus calendar for local STD events.
To find the best services and location for you, use our search tools below to compare location features across Merced clinics with our easy-to-read chart.