In the state alone there were 218,728 chlamydia cases, 75,372 gonorrhea cases, and 13,719 early syphilis cases reported last year. Riverside County, where Temecula sits, saw drastic increases in STD rates between 2011 and 2015 when chlamydia cases rose by 12%, syphilis cases rose by 74%, and gonorrhea cases rose by 142% over those four years.
In 2017 Riverside County reported 255.5 new HIV cases per 100,000 residents and 384.2 new chlamydia cases per 100,000 residents.
The past two years seem to be witnessing a slow decrease in new STD cases in Riverside County, but maintaining that trend requires continued diligence that includes regular STD testing for all sexually active persons.
From private and public clicis like Neighborhood HealthCare on Enterprise Circle to Riverside San Bernardino County Indian Health Incorporated on Pechanga Road, there are testing locations scattered throughout and around Temecula.
The California Department of Public Health has also rolled out the Sexually Transmitted Diseases Control Branch to help combat STD transmission, which often includes free STD testing for verified residents only that qualify. Through education, training, and assistance they’re helping to increase public awareness of risk and safe practices.