Sunny Santa Maria. Home of Vandenberg Air Force Base and the 30th Space wing. Add in enough wineries to warrant a slew of “10 best” articles and it becomes no wonder that Hollywood chooses to shoot so much in the Santa Maria-Santa Barbara Metropolitan Area. Nor why it generates nearly $2,000,000,000 per year in tourist revenue. Santa Maria is a paradise, but not from every angle.
Data as released by the California Department of Public Health as of 2017 reveals that transmission of sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) and infections (STIs) is experiencing a steep rise.
The report states that California had a 40% swell in cases over the last 5 years, and that Santa Barbara was near the top of the list. In fact, while the Santa Maria-Santa Barbara Metro area chlamydia rates grew by 30% in the same timeframe, just up the 1 in Monterey California it only grew by 2%.
Doctors hypothesize early and regular screening curtailed the growth, and that the same should be implemented elsewhere. There are plenty of STD clinics near you. Many of which can offer results for some tests in as little as 1-2 days and offer affordable or free testing based on income or around April (STD awareness Month).
If you’re in the Santa Maria area, there are a few affordable options available to you. One is Planned Parenthood – Santa Maria Health on Chapel street. Another is Santa Maria Health Care Center on Centerpointe Parkway. Both of those STI testing clinics are located between the 101 and the 135.
To find the best services and location for you, use our search tools below to compare location features across Santa Maria clinics with our easy-to-read chart.