What are the STI test options in Newhall,CA?
Newhall, CA health authorities have raised concerns about the rising rates of STDs in the city. Santa Clara County continues to grapple with increased cases of gonorrhea, syphilis, and chlamydia.
According to a county health report, incidents of gonorrhea and syphilis have risen since 2010, almost reaching a quadruple rate. The cases on these infections mainly occurred among men who engage in sexual intercourse with fellow men. However, chlamydia cases were primarily reported among individuals of 15-25 years.
Another survey by the Santa Clara Public Health Dept. showed that Santa Clara County recorded a total of 6,357 individuals diagnosed with HIV. Among these, 157 cases were newly diagnosed.
The county health cited widespread use of online dating apps, drug abuse, inaccessibility of STD screening centers, and “survival sex” – sex rendered in exchange for basic needs – as the major reasons for the escalating numbers.
The county health is working in conjunction with professional doctors’ association to ensure they also deliver STD screening services. You can now go for free STD testing at a local county health facility for STD testing for common sexually transmitted infections including hepatitis C. The only downside to free services is that results may not be immediate.
Also, you may opt for local family-managed urgent-care clinics, that may offer rapid HIV testing. Most have an on-site lab where doctors meet clients privately. You can also visit Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHCs) around Newhall, CA, which may provide walk-in options, free HIV testing, and STD screening at subsidized costs.
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