Last year there were a reported 218,728 chlamydia cases, 75,372 gonorrhea cases, and 13,719 early syphilis cases across the state and county. However, Chlamydia and gonorrhea remain the most commonly reported STDs.
The rate of chlamydia in 2017 was 505.2 cases per 100,000 people and the rate of gonorrhea reached 190.3 cases per 100,000. That was a 9% increase from the prior year for chlamydia and a 16% increase for rates of gonorrhea. The reported numbers showed a 45% increase over the course of four years, and – most recently – a 9% increase in the course of a single year.
Events are held throughout the area for such nationally-recognized awareness efforts as the National HIV Testing Day on June 27th, World AIDS Day on December 1st, and STD Awareness Month in April. Services include testing, education, and counseling.
You can also have free STD testing but you might have an out of pocket expense for anything other than HIV.
Stay safe with regular testing! From the Santa Rosa Community Health Centers location on Sonoma Avenue to the Planned Parenthood Northern California also on Sonoma Avenue, there are many testing options. Some facilities, like the Santa Rosa Community Health Centers, have multiple locations throughout the city.