Pleasant Hill, CA, is in the midst of an STD crisis, and there are no signs that it’s slowing down. In Contra Costa County, where the city is located, HIV infections on the rise. In 2012 the area had 92 new annual cases, and in 2016 it was 117. Also between 2012 and 2016, the number of people living in Contra Costa County with HIV increased from 2,161 to 2,590.
Chlamydia is also rising fast with 4,054 new cases in 2013 jumping to 5,735 in 2017. In 2013, the county had 873 new, annual gonorrhea diagnoses. By 2017, it hit a new high of 1,765 new infections.
State and county health practitioners are looking to boost STD and HIV education and testing services to try and lower the rising infection rates in the area. Contra Costa County ranked 53rd in the nation for chlamydia by county in 2017.
There are several locations in and near Pleasant Hill that offer comprehensive STD testing and follow-up services. The Rainbow Community Center on the corner of Mt Diablo St and Willow Pass Rd offers STI screening.
The nearest Planned Parenthood clinic is in the Concord Health Center at the intersection of Grant St and Pacheco St. The location is accessible by bus route #15 and #17. Also in Concord is Contra Costa Health Services at the Concord Health Center on Willow Pass.
Some sites might provide free STD testing to income-qualified individuals. These clinics will require proof of income and may not offer free treatment and follow-up care.