What are the STI test options in Stockton,CA?
California’s STD rates are going up, and San Joaquin County’s rates are too. San Joaquin’s 2017 syphilis rate was 50.9 per 100K people, with 381 cases—40% up from the previous year. Syphilis is easily treatable if caught early, but most people don’t know they have it.
It is especially important for women of childbearing age to be tested regularly, as syphilis is asymptomatic in women but potentially fatal to a baby. There were three stillbirths recorded in the county in 2017 due to congenital syphilis.
There are many reasons for the high syphilis rates, and health officials strongly advise all sexually active people to get tested often and to use condoms.
You may even be able to find free STD testing during periodic campaigns. In 2017, 3,995 people were diagnosed with chlamydia, at a rate of 533.3 (California’s was 552.2). There were 1,367 gonorrhea cases at a rate of 182.5. In 2015, there were 1,294 people living with HIV or AIDS in San Joaquin County, with a prevalence rate of 223, under California’s rate of 376.
Stockton has a number of STD-testing clinics and support groups. Planned Parenthood has two locations, and they test for STIs and treat all of them except HIV at an affordable fee based on your income. The Stockton Health Center provides STD testing at their Hazelton Ave location. They also prescribe PrEP.
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- Please contact the individual public clinic to confirm pricing. Test pricing at public clinics many times depend on income and welfare eligibility.