Monterey, California, is experiencing an STD epidemic. All sexually transmitted infections are increasing, the number of new chlamydia cases in Monterey County where the city is located, went from 1,570 in 2013 to 2,144 in 2017. The majority of new infections in 2017 were women, ages 15 to 24.
Gonorrhea is also rising with 363 in 2013 jumping to 420 in 2017. Nearly half of all new cases in 2017 were males, ages 15 to 24.
Syphilis has made a resurgence in the county. The number of new infections went from 31 in 2013 to 41 in 2017. Although rare, Monterey had no congenital syphilis cases in 2013, but in 2017, one infant was born with the infection.
Health officials in Monterey County are concerned with the rising rates of STDs among young men and women. They’re hoping to reduce the number of new infections through education, testing, and treatment.
There are dozens of locations in Monterey and the surrounding area that provide STI testing. Many of these sites include sexual health education, treatment, and follow-up care, too.
Screenings are available at the Community Hospital of the Monterey Peninsula through the Outpatient Immunology Department on Holman Highway. The site is on a public bus route and near a ChargePoint Charging Station.
For the nearest Planned Parenthood, there is a site at the Seaside Health Center on Hilby Ave. Off-street parking is available, and it’s a short distance to a public bus stop.
Some STD testing clinics may offer free services. These locations could require proof of income, and you might experience long wait times. Also, free STI screenings may not have immediate results.