There was an upsurge of HIV infections in San Diego County, the home to Spring Valley. HIV infections surged from 10,928 at a prevalence rate of 435 in 2013 to 11,322 at a rate of 410 in 2018.
Chlamydia was the most chronic STI in San Diego County with the highest number with 20,810 reported in 2018, indicating a large increase from 16,114 infections reported in 2013. The infections were pervasive in the female population with 12,768 cases reported compared to 8,018 in the male population.
Gonorrhea infections were moderate compared to Chlamydia and rose from 2,871 at a rate of 89.5 in 2013 to reach the all-time high of 5,951 at a rate 179.2 in 2017. The infections were higher in the male population with a total of 4,356 compared to 1,581 in females.
Syphilis infections numbers were low. However, the county health reports indicated that the number rose from 596 at a rate of 18.6 in 2013 to 1,133 at a rate of 34.1 in 2017.
The San Diego County Department of Health is working with the public health and corrections task force to reach the incarcerated individuals who engage in high risk sexual and drug-using behavior that makes them vulnerable to HIV/AIDS and STDs.
Marque Urgent Care Grossmont and Planned Parenthood – College Avenue Sarah Weddington Health Center are some of the health facilities in Spring Valley that offer STD/HIV testing, screening, and treatment services.
Other hospitals include Alvarado Hospital and Sharp Grossmont Hospital.
Free HIV/STD testing may available in some of the hospitals although meeting with the doctor in most cases tends to be uncomfortable and you may also be charged for the doctor’s consultation services.