In 2015, there were 4,758 people living with HIV or AIDS in Riverside County, at a rate of 248 per 100K people, lower than California’s rate of 376. In 2017, Riverside County had 11,167 chlamydia cases, at a rate of 467.3, under California’s rate of 552.2. The gonorrhea and (primary and secondary) syphilis rates were 140.6 and 10.8.
Health officials say there are many reasons for the rising STD rates, among them budget cuts in the public health sector, which have led to the closing of clinics and defunding of STD awareness programs. Also, people have been having sex with anonymous partners they’ve met online in “hook-up apps,” and condom use has decreased.
Health officials are especially baffled by the resurgence of syphilis, which had been under control a short decade ago. They say that many people have taken the availability of PEP and PrEP as an excuse to be lax about condom use.
Moreno Valley has some clinics, and there are even more options in Riverside and other surrounding cities (and there is free STD testing in Riverside). Planned Parenthood is located on Frederick St. They test for STIs and treat all except HIV, and their fee is on a sliding scale.
Community Health Systems Incorporated, on Alessandro Blvd, offers STD testing and treatment on a sliding scale (bring proof of your income so your price can be determined).