Union City, California is in Alameda County near the major city of San Francisco. It is located approximately 30 miles southeast of San Francisco and 20 miles south of Oakland. As of this year, the population is 69,516. Within Union City, is the historic landmark community of Alvarado which celebrated its 50th anniversary in 2009.
Union City, Ca was formerly a steel and railroad city. The land behind what used to be the main station has been redeveloped into the Union Station District. This district pays homage to the city’s rich industrial heritage.
State figures show that Alameda County has had an increase sexually transmitted infection cases. These cases have increased from 444.1 cases per 100,000 residents in 2010 to 499.1 cases in 2015. Gonorrhea cases went up from 2010’s 121.5 cases per 100,000 to 173.9, and early syphilis up from 7.0 cases per 100,000 in 2010 to 9.9 cases in 2015. Despite the increase, the county reports as having an improvement of electronic recording and testing of STI’s and HIV.
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STD Statistics In Alameda County, CA
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Chlamydia saw a decrease a few years ago, but has been on the rise since 2014. In Alameda County, the greatest ethnic demographic impacted are Black, non-Hispanics, followed by Native Americans. In 2015 there were 981 cases reported among Black, non-Hispanics females and 624 cases among Black, non-Hispanic males. The greatest age demographic among males were those aged 20-24 and those aged 20-24 among females. Overall, females were more impacted than males.
Gonorrhea cases have risen sharply since 2012 within Alameda county. The greatest ethnic demographic impacted by Gonorrhea cases are Black, non-Hispanics. In 2015 the greatest age demographic impacted were those aged 20-24 among females and those aged 25-29 among males.
Alameda county also saw a rise in Early Syphilis – more so among males than females. However, the rate of increase was lower within the county than it was within the state. The greatest ethnic demographic impacted were Native Americans. There were 38 cases reported among males aged 45 years old and older. This was the most impacted group with all other groups reporting much lower numbers.
In 2014, 194 out of every 100,000-people living in Alameda County were diagnosed with HIV. Black, non-Hispanics were the ethnic demographic impacted with 1,448 cases reported. Males were the greatest gender demographic impacted with 711 cases. The greatest age demographic were males aged 45-54 years old. This age demographic is much older than many other areas throughout the country. 78% of the cases were a result from male to male sexual contact.
STD Testing and Sexual Education in Union City, CA
In 2016 the state of California passed a new law known as the California Healthy Youth Act. This act covers sexual health education within the public-school system. It states that sexual health education must happen at least twice during a student’s academic career: once in middle school, and once in high school. Any education a student receives, even in elementary school, must be medically accurate.
Under this law, materials used must be appropriate to students of all races, genders, sexual orientations, ethnic and cultural background and cover students with disabilities as well. Educators are also required to teach about healthy relationships as well as how to make good decisions. A student’s education must also not dictate that abstinence is the only form of safe sexual health. Parents must be notified if their student is being taught sexual health at least 14 days before the education begins.
Outside the classroom there are many locations that help to educate the community. La Clinica Health Center works to enhance the lives of its patients by providing programs and services that are geared toward the social aspects of health. This includes reproductive and sexual health. They have four offices, with one in Alameda county. Beside educating the community, they are also working toward reducing the cost of health care.
Kaiser Permanente in Southern Alameda County also provides a class on Sexual Genital Health. They provide a wide range of information, including how to avoid STI’s. They also discuss genital hygiene and safe sex choices. They offer additional written information at all their Health Education Centers.
The closest Planned Parenthood is in Hayward, which is a 10 to 24-minute drive south, depending on traffic. This Planned Parenthood offers online and in office educational resources. They also provide condoms. Additionally, they provide counseling and one on one information to those seeking assistance.
Sexually Transmitted Diseases and Demographics in Union City, CA
In Alameda County, the median household income falls below the average for the country, the state, and county. On average, a household brings in about $85,521 a year. Black, non-Hispanics, who are the ethnic demographic most impacted by STI’s and HIV in all categories except Syphilis, were one of the lowest paid ethnic demographics. Out of seven different groups, they are the third lowest paid.
Among Black, non-Hispanics, males were the greatest gender demographic impacted when it came to HIV and Gonorrhea. Despite making more on average in their yearly salary, males have a lower graduation rate than females. In 2015, only 25,472 males graduated in comparison to 38,301 females. The graduation percentage among Black, non-Hispanics was only 8.5% when compared to other ethnic groups.
Black, non-Hispanic females aged 20-24 were more impacted by Chlamydia than Black, non-Hispanic males were. Females also make up the poorest gender demographic in Alameda County. In 2015, there were more than 200 females aged 20-24 living below the poverty level within the county.
This demographic could also have been impacted by that number of preventative services that White, non-Hispanic women received in comparison to Black, non-Hispanic women. In 2014 only 915 Black, non-Hispanic women received preventive services compared to 6,433 White, non-Hispanic women. If numbers follow trend, the number of Black, non-Hispanic women receiving preventative services will continue to decrease, while the number of White, non-Hispanic women will continue to increase.
STI Testing Resources in Union City, CA
The Tiburcio Vasquez Health Center offers STI prevention, testing and counseling for youth living in Union City. Their main office is in Union City and they have a few others throughout the county. They have both medical offices and offices geared specifically toward school age individuals.
Real Options Medical Center offers Gonorrhea and Chlamydia testing services to women. These are done via urine sample. While their sample collection is free, there is a $30 fee charged for laboratory services. There are several locations throughout Alameda County including in Union City.
Located about 3 miles is Tri-City Health Care. They have three locations throughout the town of Fremont. Their clinics offer HIV testing, HIV oral testing, Chlamydia, Syphilis and Gonorrhea testing, and the Hepatitis B vaccine.
Ohlone Health Center provides HIV testing at both their Fremont and Hayward located – both which are in Alameda County. Their office hours are Mondays through Thursdays, and they are typically closed on Fridays through Sundays and holidays. They accept both appointments and walk-ins.
The Alameda County Medical Center Winton Wellness Center is located about 8 miles away. They offer free HIV Testing, rapid HIV blood testing, rapid HIV oral testing, all major STI testing, Herpes testing, Hepatitis B testing, and the HPV vaccine. Their hours vary and it is recommended an individual call in order to set up an appointment.
While there is no Planned Parenthood in Union City, there is one in nearby Hayward. Individuals are encouraged to make an appointment online. They are opened Monday thru Friday, usually during business hours. This Planned Parenthood accepts a wide variety of insurances- all of which are listed on their website.
They test for Gonorrhea and Chlamydia using urine samples. Most of their STI tests also require a genital exam. Rapid HIV testing can be done by swabbing the inside of the patient’s mouth and with results in as little as 20 minutes. They also offer counseling for those whose tests come back positive.
Better Sexual Health in Union City, CA
Union City provides excellent resources, testing, and treatment for the population it has. While there has been an increase in STI’s and HIV, this does not seem to be from a lack of information provided both in an academic and medical setting. Educational curriculum has been revised and is being pushed within the classrooms not only in Union City, but throughout California. While there is no Planned Parenthood within the city limits of Union City, there is a center in nearby Hayward, and Union City has several local clinics where testing and treatment is provided. Demographics and statistics suggest that African Americans are most likely to contract an STI. It could be argued that this is a result of the percentage of white students that graduate as opposed to students of other ethnicities. Additionally, Black-non-Hispanics are one of the poorest demographics in the city. Regardless of the statistics, the best way to prevent STI’s is to either remain abstinent or practice safe sex with your partner. Union City also provides several online resources that help educate about STI’s.
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