STD Testing in Palo Alto, CA
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Palo Alto STD Testing Centers
Palo Alto'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.
1071 El Camino RealLocated in SafewayRedwood City, CA 94063Hours: M-F 7:00 am-3:00 pm|Sa 8:00 am-12:00 pm
205 South DriveSte GMountain View, CA 94040Hours: MON-FRI 7:00AM-4:00PM SAT 8:00AM-NOON
1100 Laurel StreetSuite FSan Carlos, CA 94070Hours: M-F 7:00 am-4:00 pm
877 W Fremont AvenueSte H-2Sunnyvale, CA 94087Hours: Mon-Fri 7:00 am-4:00 pm | Sa 8:00 am-12:00 pm
785 East El Camino RealLocated inside Safeway grocerySunnyvale, CA 94087-2919Hours: MON - FRI 6:30 AM - 11:00 AM & 12:00 PM - 3:30 PM
STD Statistics in Palo Alto, CA
STD rates have been increasing for the past few years in Palo Alto and the greater Santa Clara County. As in most U.S. cities, the most common STD reported in Palo Alto is chlamydia. In 2011, there were 5,625 cases of chlamydia reported in the area. By 2014, there were 6,091 cases reported.1 Gonorrhea cases rose at a significant rate during the same time period. In 2011, there a reported 641 cases of gonorrhea in Santa Clara County. In 2014, that number had more than doubled to a total of 1,515 cases of gonorrhea reported in the area.4 Syphilis cases also had a large increase. In 2011, there were 67 cases of syphilis reported in the county. By 2014, that number had grown to a total of 119 cases of syphilis.5
There was a small decrease in the number of newly diagnosed HIV cases in the past several years. In 2009, there were 52 new cases of HIV diagnosed and reported in Santa Clara County. In 2012, that number had lowered to 30 newly diagnosed cases of HIV in the county. During that time frame, in Santa Clara County, 85% of all newly diagnosed HIV cases were found to be men. Both Hispanic and white men were the most at-risk for a new HIV infection in the county. HIV appeared most commonly among people between the age of 30 and 59.6 The Center for Disease Control recommends that all people over the age of 13 and under the age of 64 should be tested at least once in their lives for HIV.7
STDs and Sexual Education in Palo Alto, CA
In California, state legislature dictates the standards of sexual health education in all school districts. Palo Alto also follows these guidelines. It is required in California that all sexuality or sexual health curriculum should include comprehensive instruction with materials that are medically accurate and age-appropriate for all students aged 7-12. New state legislation also requires that curriculum include a focus on the dangers of sexual violence, relationship safety and consent.8, 9 California is one of the first states to include these additional elements to their sexual health education policy. The progressive curriculum was designed to educate the youth and young adults in the community on the risks and potential consequences of sexual activity, so they could be better prepared as adults to engage in safe sexual activity.
In Palo Alto and Santa Clara County, high school aged people who are sexually active account for a large number of reported STD cases. Chlamydia is the most common STD reported in the city, county and state. It is much more common in female patients. Women account for 65.2% of all chlamydia cases reported in Santa Clara County.3 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.7
STDs and Demographics in Palo Alto, CA
The most commonly reported STD in Palo Alto and Santa Clara County is chlamydia. In 2014, there were 6,091 cases of chlamydia reported in Santa Clara County. Of those 6,091 cases reported, 3,976 cases were reported in women and 2,100 cases were reported in men. Women accounted for 65.2% of all cases of chlamydia reported in the county. Members of the Hispanic community were the most at-risk group accounting for 30.3% of cases reported. Chlamydia was more often found in patients between the ages of 15 and 24.3
Gonorrhea cases, which have risen drastically over the past few years, were more common in men. In 2014, there were 1,515 cases of gonorrhea reported in Santa Clara County. Of those cases, 973 cases were reported in men as opposed to the 542 cases reported in women. Men accounted for 64.2% of all cases reported in the county. Hispanic men were also the largest at-risk group for gonorrhea. This group accounted for 26.3% of all cases reported.4
There were 119 cases of syphilis reported in Santa Clara County. Of those cases, 108 were reported in men while only 11 were reported in women. Men account for 90.7% of all syphilis cases reported in 2014. Both Hispanic and white men were the largest at-risk groups for syphilis. Each accounted for about 30% of the total reported cases.
Your Palo Alto, CA STD Testing Option
The buzzing community of Palo Alto offers many opportunities for business and pleasure. If you are concerned that you may have been exposed to an STD the city has many options. Getting tested is simple, affordable and confidential with STDTestExpress.com. All it takes is to answer 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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- 1 U.S. Census Bureau Quick Facts - Palo Alto and Santa Clara County
- 2 Palo Alto, CA Information Page
- 3 Santa Clara County Chlamydia Report
- 4 Santa Clara County Gonorrhea Report
- 5 Santa Clara County Syphilis Report
- 6 Santa Clara County HIV Report - California Department of Public Health
- 7 CDC Screening Recommendations
- 8 California State Senate Bill 695
- 9 California State Senate Bill 329