Between 2012 and 2014, Alameda County where San Lorenzo is located has been grappling with negative effects brought about by increased HIV and STD infections rates. According to County Health Statistics, African Americans made up the largest proportion of new HIV and STD infections with close to 40% of the total diagnoses. Whites and Latinos each accounted for slightly over 23% each while Asians and Pacific Islanders made up 11% of the total.
In the age bracket, people in their 20s and 40s accounted for majority of the new diagnoses with Chlamydia being the most common STD among San Lorenzo residents. In the year 2015, the Chlamydia incidence rate was 500 per 100000 with the number jumping to 556.9 in the following year. There were a total of 3597 cases of Gonorrhea at a rate of 218.3 cases per 100000 residents while Syphilis accounted for 3597 cases at a rate of 218.3 per 100000.
“We have a new initiative in 48 counties to end transmission of HIV and STDs by 2030 and Alameda County will be the first one to get there.” Barbara Lee
Over the next decade, Alameda County will receive extra resources to counter the spread of HIV and STDs with extra emphasis on creative grassroots approaches. San Lorenzo and its residents will definitely benefit from this initiative. San Lorenzo is not short of places where you can take the bold step and get tested to know your status. Public facilities may offer free STD testing or low cost testing though they are coupled by long and inconsistent wait times.
Some of the facilities where you can get tested are; La Clinica San Lorenzo High School Based Health Center which is free of charge for youth aged between 12-21. You can also visit La Clinica Fuente Wellness Center and Alameda Health System.