Sanger, CA, a city in Fresno County, is dealing with a massive outbreak of STD infections.
In 2015, it reported 5,920 new chlamydia infections, and in 2017, it jumped to 7,180.
Gonorrhea diagnoses are also increasing with 1,753 in 2015 and 2,252 in 2017.
Primary and secondary syphilis cases are on the rise. The county reported 273 in 2015, and two years later, in 2017, it had 278 new diagnoses. Early latent syphilis infections are rising fast, with 103 reported in 2015, and 254 in 2017.
There were 42 infants born with syphilis in 2015, and in 2017, it increased to 60.
County officials for Sanger are concerned about the area’s growing STD diagnoses and are asking sexually active individuals to get tested regularly to safeguard themselves and their partners.
Many health centers in Sanger and its surrounding areas provide comprehensive STD testing. Most locations include treatment and follow-up care.
The United Health Centers of the San Joaquin Valley operate several sites including the Sanger Health Center on E Jensen Ave and the Parlier Family Health Center on the corner of Manning Ave and Zediker Ave in Parlier. Both locations are accessible by a local bus route.
Another option is Adventist Health in the Central Valley Network Community Care Clinic.
Free STD testing may be possible at some locations. These sites might request proof of county (at government facilities) and income for verification. These centers may not offer convenient appointment times, and there’s no guarantee a doctor is available.