Health officials in California and the rest of the US are concerned about rising STD rates. The rates had been going down, but they started going up within the last decade. With the abatement of the AIDS scare of the ‘80s, and the availability of treatments that make HIV less of a death sentence than it used to be, people have become lax about using protection.
Health officials urge all sexually active people to use condoms every time and get tested often, even if they are not experiencing symptoms.
In 2015, there were 918 people living with HIV or AIDS in Ventura County, with a prevalence rate of 130 per 100K people, under California’s rate of 376. In 2017, 2,848 people were diagnosed with chlamydia, at a rate of 332.7 per 100K people, in comparison to California’s average of 552.2. The gonorrhea and (primary and secondary) syphilis rates were 83.5 and 6.1.
There’s a Planned Parenthood on Ralston St. They test for STIs and treat all of them except HIV, and their fee is on a sliding scale. Ventura County Public Health operates two STD-testing clinics in Oxnard. Keep an eye on the community events calendars as well, especially during STD Awareness Month. You may be able to find free STD testing.