Nestled in the Santa Clara River Valley among the citrus groves sits the city of Santa Paula, CA. Part of Ventura County, this small community of under 30,000 people identifies itself as the Citrus Capital of the World. It is also experiencing an upswing in HIV and STD prevalence rates.
As a matter of fact, during the five years from 2014 to 2018, these rates grew by 6.7% for STDs and 4.8% for HIV. During this same period, those numbers rose by 10.4% and 3.6% respectively across California.
So, while the Santa Paula area is doing slightly better in the fight against the spread of STDs, it is doing slightly worse in its fight against HIV.
It looks like 2019 may be the year that Santa Paula turns the tide in the fight against STDs. So far, we are down from last year but we still have a long way to go.
Those seeking STD and/or HIV testing service can choose from a number of possible providers in Santa Paula and its surrounding communities. Some may offer free STD testing, however, these services may not include all tests and might not be comprehensive. Be sure you know what is included.
Santa Paula, CA does not offer any Planned Parenthood locations within the city itself. However, there are two within 15 miles of it. Thousand Oaks Center on West Hillcrest is just 15 miles southeast in Thousand Oaks and Ventura Center is roughly 11 miles southwest on the Pacific Coast in Ventura.
Within Santa Paula are a few clinics that may provide STD and HIV testing services. They include Santa Paula Medical Clinic on East Main, Santa Paula West Pride Clinic on West Harvard Boulevard, and Santa Paula Health Center on East Main. The last of these is part of Clinicas del Camino Real Incorporated.