Contra Costa County has experienced fluctuations in the number of reported STD incidents over the past few years due to factors such as variating sexual behavior patterns and social and cultural advancements.
For instance, HIV cases reduced from 119 diagnoses at a prevalence rate of 10.5 per 100000 individuals in 2016 to 107 cases at a 9.4 per 100000 people in 2017.
Chlamydia infections hiked from 5,731 at a rate of 504.9 in 2017 to 6,189 new diseases with a prevalence rate of 539.4 in 2018.
Gonorrhea cases also upsurged from 1,760 diagnoses with a prevalence rate of 155 per 100,000 people in 2017 to 2057 incidents at an occurrence rate of 179.3 per 100,000 population in 2018.
Primary and Secondary Syphilis incidents moderately increased from 133 new infections in 2017 to 162 new diagnoses in 2018.
Contra Costa Health services has multiple programs that aim to reduce the spread of STDs and create awareness for the communities in and around Orinda. The AIDS Drug Assistance Program caters to the mediation needs of underinsured and uninsured PLWHA with low income. The HIV/AIDS Program offers services such as food and transportation assistance and housing support. The STD program entails services such as testing and diagnosis, partner notification, and treatment and follow-ups.
Planned Parenthood – Walnut Creek Health Center, San Francisco City Clinic, and Berkeley Free Clinic are some of the clinic options you may choose to offer you low-cost or free STD testing services.
Some of the setbacks that facilities offering free STD services may have include inconsistent doctors’ availability and inexistent walk-in options.