Stanford, CA is a community in the northwest section of Santa Clara County fighting an STD crisis.
All conditions are on the rise, including chlamydia, gonorrhea, and syphilis.
In 2014, the area reported 6,063 chlamydia cases, and four years later, it had 8,331.
Another issue is the gonorrhea numbers. The 2014 record shows 1,508 diagnoses. In 2018, it had 2,184.
Primary and secondary syphilis is an increasing problem. The 2014 county report lists 120 new infections, and in 2018, the area reached 294 cases.
Congenital syphilis is heading up. In 2014, it only had one confirmed diagnosis. The 2018 report listed 4 new infections.
Santa Clara County health officials are concerned about the growing number of STD infections in the Stanford area and are urging sexually active people to get regular STD testing and help stop the spread of these preventable diseases.
The Stanford area has several locations for comprehensive STD screenings. Most sites provide treatment and follow-up care.
One option is Stanford University Medical Center Positive Care Clinic on Quarry Road in Palo Alto. Nearby is the MayView Community Health Center Palo Alto Clinic on Grant Avenue.
You can also visit the Instant Urgent Care, Palo Alto, on El Camino Real.
Another choice is the Planned Parenthood Mar Monte Mountain View Health Center on California Street in Mountain View.
Some clinics offer free STD testing services. Before rushing to these facilities, check for the details. Many no-cost centers require proof of income, and it’s not always easy to get a quick appointment with walk-in hours only.