Seaside, CA, a beautiful coastal city in Monterey County, is experiencing a severe STD outbreak. Between 2012 and 2016, the number of new, annual HIV infections went from 26 to 40. In 2016, the county had 698 people living with HIV.
Chlamydia cases are on the rise with 1,570 new annual infections in 2013 and 2,144 in 2017. The majority of new diagnoses in 2017 were women, with men only accounting for 674 of the 2,144 cases.
Gonorrhea infections are also increasing with 363 total new diagnoses in 2013 jumping to 420 new, annual cases in 2017.
According to health practitioners in Monterrey County, STDs have been rising in the area since 2010 since the state thousands from HIV prevention in 2009. Medical professionals worry that there’s not enough education about the dangers of STDs to get more people to testing locations.
There are dozens of clinics in and nearby Seaside that offer comprehensive STD testing. Some locations also include treatment and follow-up care.
The Monterey County Health Department offers screenings at the Seaside Family Health Center on Fremont Blvd, and Planned Parenthood provides services a few blocks from the county’s center at the Seaside Health Center on Hilby Ave.
Another option is Doctors on Duty on the corner of McClellan Ave Lighthouse Rd. Routes 1, 2, Jazz A, and Jazz B have a bus stop at the intersection of Lighthouse Rd and Hoffman Ave.
Some sites may offer free STD testing and HIV screenings. These places will require proof of income, and they might have hidden costs such as treatment and follow-up care that’s not free.