Murrieta is located in Riverside County—just north of Temecula. That puts it in the center of the Los Angeles-San Diego mega-region of nearly 23 million people. Placing them right in the midst of some of the highest rates of sexually transmitted diseases in California.
The Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario Metropolitan area has been experiencing a steady rise of about 250 new cases for HIV per year since 2010.
They’re also reporting more cases of syphilis, chlamydia, and gonorrhea than ever before. These increases may be, in part, due to Murrieta sharing STD reporting rates with the incredibly popular arts and music festival site: Coachella Valley.
The community of Riverside County 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 upsurge of syphilis rates in Murrieta and beyond. The current rate is at around 12 cases per 100,000 people in Riverside County. 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 Murrieta, there is Quest Diagnostics and Trinity Women’s Health. Both north of the 215/15 interchange, And many more near you. Public clinics sometimes offer free STD testing to those who qualify. You may need to bring proof of income to be eligible for low or no-cost services.
To find the best services and location for you, use our search tools below to compare location features across Murrieta clinics with our easy-to-read chart.