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Rohnert Park Clinic
Testing for STDs at home is safe, convenient, and private. Performed regularly, it can help you stay healthy and avoid unknowingly transmitting STDs.
You have many options for at-home STD testing. The best at-home STD tests are FDA approved and evaluated for safety and accuracy with fast result turnaround times and support from health care professionals.
At-home STD testing kits should include instructions for collection and test registration, along with materials such as containers and swabs to collect and send your sample to the lab. Most at-home STD tests offer results in about five days through a secure online patient portal.
Petaluma is situated in Sonoma County, which saw increases in all three of the most common STDs. While chlamydia remained the most common STD in Sonoma County, spikes in gonorrhea and syphilis cases were much more prevalent over the past five years.
Sonoma County has seen almost a 40% increase in chlamydia cases since 2014, with 2,277 diagnoses in 2018, up from 2,040 in 2017, which ranked it 31st among California counties and selected city health jurisdictions. Chlamydia cases among women have predominantly been higher than those among men. Male diagnoses averaged about 36% of all cases, with women accounting for the other 64%. More than 64% of female cases in 2018 were among young females aged 15 to 24. Despite a dip in 2016, infection rates among women in this age group have steadily risen — a 41% increase over five years.
Gonorrhea cases dropped in Sonoma County from 574 to 553 in 2018, but the county still ranked 35th for incidence rates among California counties and selected city health jurisdictions. The county also saw a 156% spike in cases since 2014. Gonorrhea infections among men were nearly double those in women in 2018 (361 to 189, respectively). However, between 2017 and 2018, males cases dropped slightly while female infections rose. Overall, gonorrhea infections have significantly increased in both sexes since 2014, with a 167% increase in male diagnoses and a 133% increase in females.
Infections of primary and secondary syphilis skyrocketed in Sonoma County in 2018 with 142 documented outbreaks, up from 60 in 2017, resulting in a 136.6% increase in a single year. Sonoma County ranked 10th among California counties and selected city health jurisdictions for incidence rates. With only 30 cases documented in 2014, the 373% increase over this five-year span is a major concern. Cases among men were more than three times higher than those among women. Sonoma County also ranked 13th for total early syphilis cases with 198 in 2018, up from 116, and 19th for congenital syphilis with two cases, up from one in 2017.
If you’re sexually active, you’re at risk of being exposed to an STD. Many people have STDs and don’t even know it, unintentionally passing them on to their partners. Without proper treatment, STDs can lead to serious health issues such as infertility, organ damage, and even death. Most STDs are preventable and curable, but the only way to know for certain if you have one is by getting tested. Stop by one of the free or low-cost facilities in Petaluma or throughout Sonoma County.
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 in Petaluma 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:
The Petaluma Health Center offers low-cost HIV and STD testing for chlamydia, gonorrhea, herpes, and syphilis. It also provides HPV and hepatitis B vaccines and PrEP for uninsured individuals. The center accepts Medicaid and private insurance, but it also has a sliding fee scale if you don’t have medical coverage. You must set up an appointment during clinic hours, Monday through Thursday from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., Fridays to 5 p.m., and Saturdays from 8 a.m. to noon.
1179 North McDowell Boulevard
Petaluma, CA 94954
Multiple Sonoma County locations
SVCHC provides low-cost hepatitis A and B vaccines and STD testing and treatment for chlamydia, gonorrhea, herpes, syphilis, and HIV. It saves slots for same-day appointments, but you’re welcome to walk in and wait for a possible opening if these are filled. SVCHC accepts Medicaid, Medicare, and private insurance and has a sliding scale fee. If you’re uninsured, you can make payment arrangements. Clinic hours are Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. and Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
19270 Sonoma Highway
Sonoma, CA 95476
Planned Parenthood operates the Santa Rosa Health Center Mondays from 8:30 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.; and Wednesdays from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. It provides confidential HIV testing and chlamydia, bacterial vaginosis, gonorrhea, genital warts, syphilis, herpes, and trichomoniasis testing and treatment. It offers HPV and hepatitis B vaccines, male and female condoms, and dental dams. Services are available in English and Spanish. You may qualify for a lower fee scale or a state-funded program if your income is low.
1140 Sonoma Avenue, Building 3
Santa Rosa, CA 95405
SRCH’s Vista Campus offers free anonymous testing for HIV and hepatitis B and C with risk-reduction counseling, primary care, specialty consultations, and support groups available. You can also access low-cost chlamydia, gonorrhea, and syphilis testing, HPV and hepatitis B vaccines, PrEP, and PEP. SRCH offers a sliding fee scale and accepts insurance and Medicaid. There’s no cost for most STD testing if you qualify for Family PACT. Clinic hours are Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5:15 p.m.
3569 Round Barn Circle
Santa Rosa, CA 95403
Multiple Sonoma County locations
Gravenstein CHC provides low-cost chlamydia, gonorrhea, hepatitis B and C, herpes, syphilis, and HIV testing and treatment. It offers HPV and hepatitis A and B vaccines, PrEP, and free condoms. The clinic accepts most insurance, Medicare, and Medi-Cal and has a sliding fee scale and several low-cost payment programs. Services are free at the Forestville Teen Clinic if you’re under 25. Appointments are available Monday through Thursday from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m., Fridays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Saturdays from 9 a.m. to noon.
652 Petaluma Avenue, Suite H
Sebastopol, CA 95472
Multiple Sonoma County locations