Like many communities across the country, cities in San Luis Obispo County, California, including the county seat of San Luis Obispo has seen a steady increase in the number of STD cases over the last several years.
Fortunately, 2017 marked a shift in these trends, as the number of gonorrhea and syphilis cases dropped. Gonorrhea rates dropped by 21% from 2016 to 2017, while syphilis rates fell by 26% over the same timeframe. Gonorrhea rates saw a slight increase of only 3% from 2017 to 2018, while syphilis rates jumped back up to 2016 figures in 2018.
Chlamydia rates, however, did not realize a drop until 2018 when the rate of newly reported chlamydia cases fell from 451.7 cases per 100,000 residents in 2017 to 429.5 cases per 100,000 residents in 2018. Research further shows that a vast number of new chlamydia cases involve students at Cal Poly.
San Luis Obispo contributes the dramatic drop in the number of county residents living with HIV and AIDS from 626 residents in 2013 to 384 residents in 2018 to the Department of Corrections decision to designate the county as a high-risk environment.
There are several healthcare centers and clinics in the San Luis Obispo area that may have STD testing options, including The Center for Health and Prevention, Sierra Vista Clinic Laboratory, and Planned Parenthood – San Luis Obispo Center. The Campus Health and Wellbeing Center may also offer STD and HIV testing options for Cal Poly students. In addition, several private physicians in the San Luis Obispo area might provide HIV and STD testing. Many of these private practices are located along Santa Rosa and Casa Streets.
While some clinics and medical facilities may offer free STD testing, it’s important to acknowledge that some testing locations have inconvenient clinic hours and may not offer immediate test results. In addition, not all centers allow you to book appointments, which means you may experience long wait times.