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

Prunedale is a census-designated place in Monterey County. Over the past few years, the HIV prevalence rates have slightly increased from 609 per 100,000 individuals reported in both 2014 and 2015 to 676 in 2020.

Chlamydia rates have also increased progressively from 392.7 recorded in 2014 to 504.5 per 100,000 individuals in 2018. Most infections occurred in females aged 15-24 years.

The county’s rate of total early Syphilis infections increased from 10.5 per 100,000 individuals in 2014 to 16.1 in 2017, followed by a 1.9% decrease to 15.8 reported in 2018.

The rates of Gonorrhea infections also increased gradually from 68.6 per 100,000 persons in 2014 to 96.7 in 2018.   

Monterey County Health Department operates a comprehensive HIV program that entails routine HIV testing, personal case management, treatment, harm reduction counseling, and SSP guidance (syringe exchange). Through the program, members of the public benefit from PrEP/PEP medication and condoms. Its STD/HIV Partner Notification Services (PS) engages other local medical care providers, community-based organizations (CBOs), and the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) to provide support and referral services to those who’ve been exposed to STDs/HIV.   

Planned Parenthood – Salinas Health Center, Harden Urgent Care, Watsonville Community Hospital, and Salinas Valley Memorial Hospital are strategically located in the Prunedale area to offer STD/HIV testing services.

Some clinics in the census-designated area also offer free STD testing, but walk-in options may not be available, and people will know why you’re there.