There has been a drastic reduction in the number of HIV infections over the years. Persons diagnosed with HIV Infections in Sonoma County from 2001 and 2005 were 2,666 at a rate of 53 per 100,000 persons and in the year 2015 the number had reduced to 27 cases.
The rate of Chlamydia increased steadily over the years from 187 new cases per 100,000 persons in 2008 to 378 new cases per 100,000 persons in 2015. The highest incidence rates were among women and men aged 20 to 24 years old.
The rate of Gonorrhea has increased sharply from 14 cases per 100,000 persons in 2008 to 88.5 cases per 100,000 persons in 2015. Women and men aged 20 -24 years old had the highest incidence rates of Gonorrhea infections.
There was a significant increase in Syphilis cases in 2012 with 40 cases which remained high in 2015 with 48 cases. The majority of cases were diagnosed among MSM and a small number of cases in both heterosexual men and women.
The Sonoma County Department of Health has taken steps in supporting the development of new technologies for STI prevention such as point-of-care diagnostic tests for STIs and other biomedical interventions. It also provides additional drugs for Gonorrhea, STI vaccines.
To access STD/HIV services in Petaluma City, you can call to book an appointment or walk in some of the available medical centers.
Some of the medical facilities you may consider visiting are St. Joseph Health, Kaiser Permanente Petaluma, and Sutter Walk-In Care.
You can get free STD/HIV testing, screening in some of the health centers but only if you are medically under-served or uninsured since some of the services are dependent on income and welfare eligibility. Therefore, not everyone may be eligible.