STD statistics in Novato, CA are wrapped up in Marin County figures, which show that between 2013 and 2017, chlamydia rates almost doubled from 405 to 757 cases annually with women being most affected. Gonorrhea increased from 84 cases in 2013 to 220 in 2017 and syphilis jumped from 20 cases to 38 over a five-year period.
Clinic visits in Novato, CA, have however gone down for STD testing with 20 clinic visits made in 2012 and three clinic visits made in 2016 in the city.
HIV and AIDs continue to be a problem in Marin County and since its first AIDS case in 1982, 1,382 people have been diagnosed with HIV or AIDS. Most of those still living with HIV are male and over the age of 50.
“We’re concerned. These diseases are preventable and can be serious. We’re seeing spikes in syphilis… Chlamydia and gonorrhea are most common among people under 30 and chlamydia rates are highest among young women, syphilis and gonorrhea rates are highest among men.”
Novato, CA residents will find STD testing services at the Marin Community Clinics, based in the city in several locations. The centers also partner with local youth agencies and school centers to bring discreet services to teens.
There is also Planned Parenthood Northern California at the San Rafael Health Center, which is under 10 miles away.
Clinics may offer drop-in times and the state enables those on low income to apply for Family Planning, Access, Care, and Treatment (Family PACT) and free STD testing may be available, although this may involve some paperwork.