Health officials in the City of San Buenaventura are concerned about rising STD rates, especially gonorrhea and syphilis, which more than doubled between 2013 and 2017. Gonorrhea is becoming resistant to the only antibiotic left that can treat it.
Syphilis was thought to be under control in the US, but the disease has made a comeback in recent years, mostly due to a decrease in condom use. Health officials also blame online dating apps for the increase in STDs.
In 2015, there were 918 people living with HIV or AIDS in Ventura County, with a prevalence rate of 130 per 100K people, under California’s rate of 376. In 2017, 2,848 people were diagnosed with chlamydia, at a rate of 332.7 per 100K people, in comparison to California’s average of 552.2. The gonorrhea and (primary and secondary) syphilis rates were 83.5 and 6.1.
Planned Parenthood is located on Ralston St. They test for STIs and treat all except HIV, and the fee is on a sliding scale. Ventura County Public Health operates a clinic on C St, where they provide STI testing and treatment. Keep an eye on the community calendar. You may be able to find opportunities for free STD testing, especially during STD Awareness Month.