What are the STI test options in San Diego,CA?

Chlamydia is the most reported communicable disease in San Diego County, with 18,904 cases reported in 2016, which shows an 8.5% increase between the years of 2015 and 2016.

The rates for Gonorrhea increased in San Diego County by 35%, as well, with 4,992 cases reported in 2016.

Cases of primary and secondary Syphilis increased by 6.7% from 2015 to 2016, as well. More than 300,000 people in California were diagnosed with Gonorrhea, Syphilis, or Chlamydia in 2017, which is a 45% increase over the last 5 years.

Public and private testing options are available throughout San Diego.

There are many testing centers available, including 7 Planned Parenthood locations on 1st Avenue, Camino Ruiz, Clairemont Mesa Boulevard, Mission Bay Drive, College Avenue, University Avenue, and Euclid Avenue.

There is a center especially for the LGBT community on Centre Street and a multicultural center on Polk Avenue. There are many private testing centers available, as well. You can also see if you qualify for free STD testing, which is offered periodically throughout the year. You will have to check to see when it is offered and it might not be in time if you already think that you were exposed to a sexually transmitted disease. 

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STD Statistics In San Diego County, CA



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Statistics reported is based on publicly available data sources such as CDC for San Diego County, CA. Data is normalized to accurately report San Diego County STD Breakdown.

San Diego is California’s second largest city and, with a population of nearly 1.5 million, it’s a booming metropolis which attracts more than 30 million visitors annually. San Diego’s year round mild climate makes it the ideal location for both business and pleasure which has resulted in it becoming a hot spot for start-up companies as well as a booming tourist industry. At the same time its robust population and international popularity make it difficult for health care workers to meet the needs and demands of the city in terms of STD education, prevention and treatment.

Additional STD Test Statistics in San Diego, CA

STD rates in San Diego are on the rise compared to rates 20 years ago as well as national averages for chlamydia, gonorrhea and syphilis. In 1994. There were 6,413 reported cases of chlamydia, 2,656 cases of gonorrhea and 120 cases of syphilis. In 2013, however, the city saw more than 16,000 cases of chlamydia, nearly 5,000 cases of gonorrhea and over 1,000 cases of syphilis.



With such a high increase for STD cases, the city of San Diego has begun to offer STD Testing with low-cost or free STD clinics in addition to the STD testing which can be obtained privately through a doctor’s office. The city has also begun to reach out to those most at risk in order to help people be more educated about how these diseases are spread as well as treatment options.

STD Testing and Sexual Health Education in San Diego, CA

There are a number of options for getting tested for STDs throughout the city of San Diego. Many doctor’s offices do Herpes and HIV testing as a part of routine yearly exams for all sexually active adults and these tests also typically cover chlamydia, gonorrhea and syphilis.

Still for those without health insurance or for those with insurance that doesn’t cover STD testing, obtaining these results can be difficult. In some cases, there are STD clinics which offer free STD testing but this often involves waiting in a crowded clinic with no guarantee you will be seen that same day.

Outreach and private services do what they can to help people learn their STD status but still there are gaps and experts agree that the STD rates in San Diego may be underreported. This comes in the wake of San Diego outpacing national averages for STDs according to recent findings.



Sexual education within San Diego does cover HIV and other STD prevention and the courses begin as student enter high school. Some experts think starting education earlier may help students understand there is more to worry about than just HIV and pregnancy. These measures have helped more students to be aware of various conditions but it has not had any noticeable effect on STD rates for the city.

There are, however, a number of sexual education outreach programs focused on adults appearing on the horizon. Connect, a group for men, helps to educate and advocate for sexually active men in terms of STD prevention, education and support. Additional public health services are available through the San Diego County Health & Human Services Agency.

STD Clinic Information in San Diego, CA

When it comes to STD cases, age plays a huge role in the rate of occurrence for some diseases. The difference in ages for chlamydia and syphilis are perhaps the most striking. Chlamydia is clearly what most would consider a “young person’s” disease while syphilis affects people later in life.


While sex education may help younger adults make wise choices concerning their sexual activity, there is clearly a need for outreach and education for older citizens when it comes to the transmission of all STDs as well as options for STD testing.

But it is clear that STD cases are on the rise across the board in San Diego so demographics often play only a small role. The biggest influence when it comes to transmitted diseases is a combination of education and access to prevention.

Better Sexual Health in San Diego, CA

While the city of San Diego finds ways to meet the challenges of educating the public through sex education, STD clinics and general outreach programs, private citizens can control their sexual health by looking into options for specific STD testing such as HIV testing or Herpes testing through their own doctor’s office or through companies that offer services through the mail.

These options help Sand Diego residents obtain access to testing, but public health officials have concerns that too many people don’t bother getting tested unless they have some symptoms of an STD. For this reason, the County of San Diego has begun to promote a more active approach in educating people, particularly youths and those who work with young people, about the importance of regular testing in order to detect an STD at its earliest stage.

Anonymous STD testing in San Diego isn’t available due to public health laws as well as federal regulations but Confidential STD testing is easily obtained privately. At home services which deliver results through the mail are, by far, the most convenient but there are also options through clinics and offices making it fairly easy for anyone to get an STD test in San Diego.

Ultimately, the sexual health of a city comes down to the education of its people and how well they know their options when it comes to STD prevention. In this regard, there is still much work to be done in San Diego but efforts are clearly underway to turn the tide around.

STD Clinic Information in San Diego, CA

  • Downtown Family Health Center
    1145 Broadway
    San Diego, CA 92101
    Mon-Fri 8:00AM-12:00PM, 1:00PM-5:00PM
    No appointment necessary
    Open to all San Diego City residents
    Sliding scale basis
    Bring photo ID and proof of income/address
  • Central Region Public Health Center
    5202 University Avenue
    San Diego, CA 92105
    Tue 1:00PM-7:30PM; Fri 10:00AM-4:00PM
    No appointment necessary
    Open to all San Diego City residents
    Sliding scale basis
    Bring photo ID and proof of income/address
  • County Health Services Complex (Rosecrans)
    3851 Rosecrans Street Suite S
    San Diego, CA 92110
    Mon, Tue, Fri 7:30AM-4:00PM; Wed 11:00Am-7:00PM; Thu 10:00AM-4:00PM
    No appointment necessary
    Open to all San Diego City residents
    Sliding scale basis
    Bring photo ID and proof of income/address

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