What are the Free or Low Cost STI test options in Pinole,CA?

Pinole is a city in Contra Costa County. Over the past few years, the county’s HIV prevalence rates have increased gradually from 1,840 per 100,000 individuals in 2014 to 2,443 reported in 2020.

There was a progressive increase in Chlamydia infections from 382.2 per 100,000 individuals in 2014 to 536.4 in 2018. 

The county’s total early Syphilis incidence rates also increased, doubling from 11.1 per 100,000 persons in 2014 to 23.8 in 2018. Females aged 15-44 years accounted for 68.5% of the total infections reported in 2018.

Gonorrhea rates increased gradually from 92.4 per 100,000 individuals in 2014 to 179.3 in 2018. The infections were slightly higher in male population.            

Contra Costa Health Services operates an HIV/AIDS & STD Program that entails a continuum of care services for city and county residents diagnosed with these infections, aiming to improve medical care access and promote health. The program involves testing, partner counseling and referral, syringe exchange, and PrEP medication to at-risk individuals. The department also provides sexual health education to public members, including safe sex practices, risk reduction counseling, and preventive care measures.            

There are several health centers that city dwellers can visit to access quality STD/HIV screening services. These include Planned Parenthood – Hilltop-Richmond Health Center, Concentra Urgent Care, MarinHealth Medical Center, and Martinez Health Center.

Some city clinics also offer free STD testing, but you may have to meet certain income and welfare requirements, and testing hours and availability might not be consistent.