North Coastal Public Health Center
Vista Isabella Health Center
Oceanside Health Center
Carlsbad Health Center
Pier View Way
Horne Street Clinic
North River Road
Vale Terrace Branch
Oceanside is a coastal city in San Diego County where chlamydia, gonorrhea, and syphilis are the three most reported STDs. San Diego County ranked fifth in the nation for its number of chlamydia cases in 2018, 10th for gonorrhea, and seventh for primary and secondary syphilis.
Chlamydia is the most reported disease in San Diego County, and preliminary data for 2019 indicate case numbers increased another 4% compared to 2018. With this bump in cases, infection rates also saw an increase of 3.7%. Chlamydia infections countywide were 1.5 times higher among women than men, with young women aged 20 to 24 having the highest rate of infection. Over the past 10 years, chlamydia infections have increased over 61% across San Diego County.
With nearly 6,400 gonorrhea cases projected for 2019, San Diego County is expected to record increases of about 3% in cases and almost 3% in infection rates compared to 2018. In 2019, gonorrhea infection rates were nearly twice as high in men as in women, with the highest infection rate in males aged 20 to 34. After gonorrhea infections dropped significantly three years in a row, case counts in 2009 were the lowest they’d been since 2000, but infections have increased every year since. By 2019, gonorrhea reports had increased 247%, with the largest increase occurring in 2016 when infections spiked by 35%.
Preliminary data of early syphilis cases, which includes early latent, primary, and secondary stages of infection, indicate a jump of 7% in 2019 compared to 2018. This comes after a drop in syphilis infections of about 4.5% in 2018, which was the first significant decrease since 2009. In 2019, most early syphilis cases, about 81.5%, were among men who have sex with men, and infection rates were highest among males aged 25 to 34. Early syphilis infections among men were more than 10 times higher than they were women, but infection rates among women increased at a much faster rate. Compared to 2018, females saw nearly a 64% rise in infection rate versus a 3% increase in the male rate.
You can have an STD without any symptoms and still pass the STD on to your sexual partners. You increase the risk of serious harm to your body the longer you go untreated. Protect yourself and your partners by getting tested at one of the free or low-cost STD testing sites in Oceanside and the surrounding San Diego County communities.
Sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) remain one of the most critical public health challenges facing the United States, with approximately 26 million new STD infections occurring every year. Nearly half of these new infections affect young people ages 15 to 24.
Community-based organizations are a vital first line of defense in the fight against STDs and HIV/AIDS in particular. They generate awareness and foster social change while providing access to testing and treatment.
You may not be aware of all the STD resources available in Oceanside that can help prevent the spread of STDs. Get connected with these community organizations that are leading the fight against STDs and HIV/AIDS with resources and support:
San Diego HHSA’s North Coastal Public Health Center offers HIV, chlamydia, gonorrhea, syphilis, hepatitis B and C, bacterial vaginosis, and trichomoniasis testing. It also provides herpes testing if you have symptoms, HPV and hepatitis A and B vaccinations, and treatment for most STDs, except HIV and hepatitis. There’s a $40 fee for bundled services, which may be waived if you’re unable to pay. HIV testing is free. Clinic hours are Wednesdays from 10:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. by appointment only.
3609 Ocean Ranch Boulevard, Suite 104
Oceanside, CA 92056
Planned Parenthood operates the Vista Isabella Health Center to provide HIV and syphilis testing and chlamydia, gonorrhea, herpes, bacterial vaginosis, trichomoniasis, and genital warts testing and treatment. It dispenses condoms and offers services in English and Spanish. You may qualify for a lower fee scale or state-funded program for costs. Clinic hours are Mondays and Wednesdays from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., Fridays from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., and Saturdays from 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.
1964 Via Centre
Vista, CA 92081
Vista Community Clinic offers coordinated HIV/AIDS services through free or low-cost services provided in English and Spanish. Services include testing, counseling, PrEP navigation, case management, support groups, primary care, and specialty care referrals. If you’re uninsured, you may qualify for assistance programs or a sliding fee scale. It also provides chlamydia, gonorrhea, hepatitis B and C, and syphilis testing. Clinic hours are Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Wednesdays from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m., and Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
818 Pier View Way
Oceanside, CA 92054
TrueCare Oceanside Health Center furnishes HIV, chlamydia, syphilis, and hepatitis B and C testing. It offers services in English and Spanish with interpretations for over a dozen languages. TrueCare accepts most insurance plans, Medi-Cal, and Medicare. If you’re uninsured/underinsured, TrueCare arranges payment plans and never turns anyone away for inability to pay. Its medical visits start as low as $25, based on your income, and include any exams, laboratory services, and procedures you need. Appointments are recommended, and the center is open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
605 Crouch Street, Building C
Oceanside, CA 92054
Escondido Family Medicine supplies chlamydia, gonorrhea, syphilis, herpes, HIV, and hepatitis B and C testing, and HPV and hepatitis A and B vaccines. It accepts private insurance, Medicaid, and Medicare. You may also receive a sliding fee discount if you don’t qualify for any other assistance. Clinic hours are Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. by appointment only.
255 North Ash Street, Suite 101
Escondido, CA 92027
Multiple San Diego County locations