The total number of STD cases reported in Palm Desert in 2015 was 61 with a rate 248.3. Chlamydia infection reported the highest rates of 171 per 100,000 instances followed by Gonorrhoea with a rate of 61.1 per 100,000 cases. Primary and secondary Syphilis recorded a rate of 12.2 per 100,000 cases, while chronic Hepatitis-B recorded a rate of 4.1.
In Coachella Valley, 2605 people were diagnosed with a sexually transmitted disease. This makes 20.6% of the total number of people diagnosed with STDs in Riverside County.
Young people aged 20-44 years had the highest number of STD cases, 1695, in Coachella Valley. Persons aged 0-19 years also had a high number of incidents, 454. In that region, Chlamydia is more prevalent in females while Syphilis is more prevalent in males at 68% and 98% respectively.
Bruce Weiss, director of Community Health, states that people can take effective measures to stay away from diseases through the use of condoms and regular STD testing. He also warned that PreP does not protect you from STDs.
Planned Parenthood of the Pacific Southwest Incorporated located on San Jacinto Dr. Ste Rancho Mirage is one of the many clinics in Palm Desert that offers STD testing services. Borrego Health Centro Medico Cathedral City located on Ramon Rd is also a great option.
For free STD testing services, you can follow up on upcoming HIV/AIDS and STD awareness events, although you might have to endure long queues and waiting times..