Roughly 8 miles off the central California pacific coast, just east of Monterey Bay, sits the largest city and seat of Monterey County—Salinas. With rates of sexually transmitted diseases on the rise all over the state of California, it’s not shocking to find the same trend to be true in the Salinas area.
In fact, according to a 2018 Report from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), rates for gonorrhea, syphilis, and chlamydia have gone up for the fourth year in a row. According to Dr. Gail Bolan on behalf of the Sexually Transmitted Disease Prevention Division of the CDC, “After decades of decline in STDs, in recent years we have been sliding backwards.”
You can paint the same picture in Monterey and Santa Cruz County as well. Monterey saw an approximate 20-40% increase in all STD/Is from 2016 to 2017, and in Santa Cruz there was a 46% increase in chlamydia between 2010 and 2017. Perhaps more concerning, in that same time frame members of the LGBTQ+ community in the region saw a nearly 500% increase in syphilis and gonorrhea. Medical professionals don’t know what is behind the hike, but possibilities include more people being tested than ever, the hookup culture brought on by dating apps, and increased infection influenced by the opioid epidemic.
In Salinas, there are a number of options for testing. Two of them are: Planned Parenthood on Main Street, or the John Xxiii Aids Ministry on Baldwin. Many locations offer free STD testing under specific conditions (for eligible patients). The typical wait time for test results is 1-2 days, but sometimes it takes longer. There is also a Quest Diagnostic on the north side of town off of Natividad Rd and another on the opposite side, just south of East Romie Lane.
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