What are the STI test options in Santa Cruz,CA?
The Bay Area is known as an STD hot spot, but Santa Cruz does not have rates as high as San Francisco’s. In 2015, there were 433 people living with HIV or AIDS in Santa Cruz County, with a prevalence rate of 185 per 100K people, about half of California’s rate of 376.
In 2017, 1,115 people in Santa Cruz County were diagnosed with chlamydia, at a rate of 403.3, under California’s rate of 552.2. The gonorrhea and (primary and secondary) syphilis rates were 116.1 and 14.8.
Local health officials are most worried about the gonorrhea and syphilis rates, which have skyrocketed.
The problem with gonorrhea is that there is only one medicine left that can treat it, and the strain may be becoming resistant. Syphilis was thought to be pretty much eradicated in the US, but then it made a comeback due to decreased condom use.
There is free STD testing available for students, but only for HIV. You can also be tested at the Santa Cruz Health Center on Emeline Ave. Planned Parenthood is located on Pacific Ave. They test for STIs and treat all except HIV, and the fee is on a sliding scale. The UCSC Student Health Center provides self-directed STI tests to students.
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