Santa Clara health officials are worried about the rising STD rates, especially gonorrhea and syphilis. Most of those affected are men.
“Hook-up apps” are partly to blame, as are budget cuts in the public health sector, which have resulted in the closure of many clinics. Also, drug use contributes to many STDs—both from use of contaminated needles and exchanging sex for drugs.
In 2015, there were 2,948 people living with HIV or AIDS in Santa Clara County, with a prevalence rate of 185 per 100K people, half of California’s rate of 376. In 2017, Santa Clara County had 7,669 chlamydia cases, at a rate of 394.2, also below California’s rate of 552.2.
The gonorrhea and (primary and secondary) syphilis rates were 126.6 and 11.
Santa Clara has some STD-testing clinics, and there are even more options in the surrounding areas, especially San Jose (you might be able to find free STD testing there as well). There’s a Planned Parenthood in San Jose. They test for STIs and treat all except HIV, and the fee is on a sliding scale.
The Indian Health Center of Santa Clara Valley at O’Connor Hospital provides STI testing and treatment on a sliding scale to those who qualify for the services.