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Berkeley STD Testing Centers

Berkeley's private testing facilities provide diagnostic testing for a variety of conditions, so other patients won't know the reason for your visit. Your test results will be kept private, and will be available to you quickly--usually in 3 business days or less.

STD Statistics in Berkeley, CA

STD rates have been slowly rising in Berkeley and Alameda County. In 2011, there were 6,654 reported cases of chlamydia in the county. By 2014, that number had increased to 7,018 reported cases.3 Gonorrhea rates have increased more significantly. In 2011, there were 1,924 cases of gonorrhea reported in the county. By 2014, there were 2,279 cases of gonorrhea reported.4 There were 113 cases of syphilis reported in 2011 as opposed to the 146 cases reported in 2014.5

Like in the larger county area, chlamydia was the most common STD reported in the city of Berkeley. In 2014, there 527 cases of chlamydia reported in the city. Berkeley also reports 190 cases of gonorrhea and 15 cases of syphilis in the same year.7

Reported cases of HIV have gone down over the past few years in Alameda County. In 2009, there were 240 new cases of HIV reported in Alameda as opposed to the 197 newly diagnosed cases of HIV in 2012. New diagnoses of HIV in Alameda county a predominantly among men, African-Americans, and men who have sex with men. The burden of new HIV infections among men is 6.3 times that for females. HIV infection is more prominent in adults aged 24-49.6 The Center for Disease Control believes that 12% of people currently living with HIV are unaware of their infection. For this reason, the CDC recommends that anyone between the ages of 13 and 64 be tested for HIV at least once. They further recommend that anyone who has unsafe sex or shares injection drug equipment should get tested for HIV at least once a year. Sexually active gay and bisexual men may benefit from more frequent testing every 3 to 6 months.8

STDs and Sexual Education in Berkeley, CA

Sexual health education in California is very progressive. State legislation had already required a comprehensive sexuality and sexual health education which included medically accurate and age-appropriate curriculum for students aged 7-12. New state legislation has added clauses to include curriculum that focuses on the dangers of sexual violence, relationship safety, and consent. Known as Bill SB-695, this bill is one of the first in the nation to include theses issues as standards of sexual health education.9, 10 This mandate is largely considered a very progressive approach to sexual health education in the public school system. It stresses the importance of keeping students and young adults informed about the risks involved with sex and STDs. By educating at a young age the risks of sexual activity, future generations can be more prepared for sexual activity and its possible consequences.

In Berkeley, high school aged people who are sexually active account for a large number of reported STD cases. People between the age of 15 and 19 are the second largest group to report chlamydia cases. Chlamydia is the most common STD reported in the city and it is much more present in women.7 The CDC recommends that all women under the age of 25 be testing regularly for chlamydia. Additionally, it suggests than all women with multiple partners (regardless of age) should also be tested. Any persons aged 13-64 should be tested at least once for HIV and anyone who has unsafe sex or shares injection drug equipment should be tested for HIV at least once a year.8

STDs and Demographics in Berkeley, CA

In Berkeley, as in most of the United States, chlamydia is the most commonly reported STD. In 2014, there were a total of 527 cases of chlamydia in the city. The infection was more common among women which account for 53.3% of total reported cases. In both men and women, the infection showed up most commonly in people aged 20-24 accounting for 39.2% of total reported cases. Unlike chlamydia, gonorrhea cases were much more common in men. In 2014, there were a total of 190 cases of gonorrhea reported in the city. 83.2% of those reported infections were in men. Gonorrhea was also most common in people aged 20-24 accounting for 35.2% of total cases reported in the city. Of the 15 cases of syphilis reported in the city of Berkeley in 2014, only 1 was found in a woman. The remaining cases were all found in men between the ages of 15 and 44. It was most common in men in their twenties.7 According to the California Department of Public Health, all of these statistics reflect the same trends in the larger county area as well.3, 4, 5

There are many resources in Berkeley and Alameda County to learn more about STD awareness and prevention. Programs run through the local health department offer educational and testing services for local area residents. The best way to know the current status of your sexual health is to be tested for STDs.

Your Best Berkeley, CA STD Testing Option

Whether you live in Berkeley as a student striving for academic excellence or you're a long-time resident looking to enjoy the city and all of its wonderful art and culture, there are options for you if you are concerned about STD exposure. Getting tested is simple, affordable and confidential with STDTestExpress.com. All it takes to get started is answering a few brief medical questions to see which tests our doctors recommend. From there you can pick a lab to visit from our vast network of locations throughout your area. Sample collection often takes less than 30 minutes and your results are usually back within 3 business days or less. Our medical staff is available to answer any questions you have and prescription services are available if medically appropriate and allowed by state law. It is just that simple to go and get tested today. If available in your area, In-Home Collection even allows you to be tested at home, work or another location of your choice.

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References:

  • 1 U.S. Census Bureau Quick Facts - Berkeley and Alameda County
  • 2 Berkeley, CA Information Page
  • 3 Alameda County Chlamydia Report
  • 4 Alameda County Gonorrhea Report
  • 5 Alameda County Syphilis Report
  • 6 Alameda County HIV Report
  • 7 City of Berkeley STD Report
  • 8 CDC Screening Recommendations
  • 9 California State Senate Bill 695
  • 10 California State Senate Bill 329