The San Francisco Bay Area is an exciting place, having to deal with rising STD rates is a bit less exciting though. While Santa Clara County says their rate of new HIV cases has stabilized, other STD rates are starting to ramp up. South Bay public health officials claim the rates of gonorrhea and syphilis both have quadrupled since 2010. They’re taking these numbers seriously, with Santa Clara County Public Health Department pushing for improved testing in jails and emergency rooms. As well as urging primary care physicians in Sunnyvale and beyond to make sure they’re screening for STIs.
The rate of chlamydia in Santa Clara County rose to 394.2 out of every 100,000 people tested, the highest it’s been in five years. The age group most affected is young women in their teens and 20s.
Gonorrhea, in 2017, was reported at a rate of 126.6 cases per 100,000 tested. That’s over double the rate just four years earlier. Primary and secondary syphilis for Santa Clara clocked in at 11 cases per 100,000 in 2017, showing the same upward swinging trend as the other tracked STDs.
If you’re in the South Bay area and looking for testing options, here are a few affordable locations to consider. Some might even offer free STD testing to eligible patients. Call and make an appointment for lab testing through MayView Community Health Center on Morse Avenue. Or check out one of Sunnyvale’s confidential STD testing centers, Quest Diagnostics, on El Camino Real or West Fremont Avenue. If you’re able to make the drive, cheap HIV and STI testing is available in San Jose at The Crane Center on Lenzen Avenue. There’s also a Planned Parenthood on San Antonio Road in Mountain View.
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