What are the STI test options in San Bernardino,CA?
Up to 80% of those infected with STDs like chlamydia and gonorrhea show no signs of the disease, meaning they are asymptomatic. However, these conditions still can leave long-term effects if untreated, whether or not the person even knows they’re infected.
San Bernardino County reports high rates of STDs. In 2016 alone there were 15,000 cases of STDs. Gonorrhea rates increased almost 200% in a 6 year period from 2010 to 2016.
The most common STDs reported were chlamydia and gonorrhea. In 2017 there were 505.2 cases per 100,000 people for chlamydia and 190.3 cases per 100,000 people for gonorrhea. And every year these rates are increasing.
The 2017 data showed an increase of 45% since 2013. Now, over 300,000 cases of the most common sexually transmitted diseases – syphilis, gonorrhea, and chlamydia combined – have been reported in the state and county. Studies are being conducted across the state to try to better understand and combat the growing STD problem, along with community-driven efforts to implement policies and programs to help stop the spread of these diseases and better treat those who have them.
One way the community is striving to reduce infection rates is through free STD testing programs. While not everyone might not be able to take advantage of this service, it doesn’t hurt to ask if you qualify.
Many locations exist around the city. The San Bernardino County Department of Public Health offers testing on 606 East Mill Street and the Planned Parenthood of Orange and San Bernardino Counties Incorporated has a location at 1873 Commercenter West.
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- Please contact the individual public clinic to confirm pricing. Test pricing at public clinics many times depend on income and welfare eligibility.