Vineyard, CA, is an area in Sacramento County that didn’t escape the STD outbreak in nearby Sacramento and throughout the state.
In 2015, the county had 8,419 new chlamydia cases, and in 2018, it jumped to 11,167.
Also in 2015, it reported 2,872 gonorrhea diagnoses, and in 2017, new infections increased to 3,344.
Primary and secondary syphilis infections are slowly, but steadily increasing with 224 cases in 2015 rising to 286 new diagnoses in 2017. Early latent infections are growing fast. The county reported 113 new infections in 2015, and in 2017, it had 168.
County health officials are concerned about the growing STD rate and have worked to increase the number of testing locations throughout the area. They’re also urging all sexually active individuals to get tested regularly.
There are dozens of STD testing facilities in Vineyard and throughout Sacramento County. Most locations offer treatment and follow-up care.
One option is WellSpace Health at the South Valley Community Health Center on E Stockton Blvd. It also operates another facility at the Hiram Johnson Community Health Center on 65th St in North Highlands. The second clinic is located on a public bus route.
Another choice is Harm Reduction Services on the corner of 3rd Ave and Stockton Blvd in Sacramento.
Some clinics may provide free STI screenings. These locations could require proof of income, and its STD services might not include comprehensive testing. Additionally, appointment times may not be convenient, such as only offering screenings one or two days a week.