Santa Barbara County continues to make headlines when it comes to STDs and HIV infections. Like the nationwide trends and the numbers in California, STD rates have drastically spiked since 2015.
A health survey by Santa Barbara County Public Health Department indicates that gonorrhea rates have significantly shot, with 334 new diagnoses in 2015 to 499 cases in 2018. That’s a 49.4% increase. Most of the reported gonorrhea incidences occurred among the youth (15-24 years).
The syphilis morbidity had risen in 2017, from 40 incidences to 43. However, in 2018, new syphilis incidences reduced to 33. Chlamydia cases also dropped from 2,301 confirmed diagnoses in 2015 to 2,119 cases in 2018.
The State Office of AIDS (OA) and Universitywide AUDS Research Program (UARP) joined hands in 1998. Since then, the partnership has fostered collaboration between researchers and local health organizations. The aim is to offer HIV prevention intervention, creating HIV/AIDS awareness, and developing community research capacity.
Orcutt residents may receive quality HIV/ STD care services at any of the following clinics. The Isla Vista Medical Clinic along Embarcadero Del Mar, which is part of the SB Neighborhood Clinics. The Pacific Pride Foundation situated on Anacapa St. may also provide confidential rapid tests for both HIV and Hep C and prevention programs.
At 518 Garden St, you will find the Santa Barbara Planned Parenthood clinic, which may provide HIV/STD testing, abortion care, emergency pills, among others.
Orcutt town also has some clinics that may offer free STD testing. However, the health staff might not be available on site and you may wait for long hours to be tested. Also, you may pay an extra fee to a doctor for consultation.