Saint James Health Center
Gardner Downtown Health Center
Gardner Health Center
CompreCare Health Center
Alviso Health Center
Family Health Center at OConnor Hospital
Silver Creek Clinic
San Jose Clinic-1715 Lundy
San Jose-1870 Lundy Clinic
San Jose Health Center
Mar Monte Community Clinic
Eastside Health Center
Blossom Hill Health Center
South Bay Clinic
The Crane Center
Stanford Teen and Young Adult Clinic
San Jose and Santa Clara County may not struggle with sexually transmitted diseases quite as much as other areas of California, but their rates of infection are still high and have been rising steadily over the last several years. The most common STDs in the San Jose area and Santa Clara County are chlamydia, gonorrhea, and syphilis.
The county ranked 36th in the country in 2018 for chlamydia cases. On the other hand, the rate of infections per 100,000 residents is lower than the state average of 585.3 and the national average of 539.9. Rates of chlamydia infections are much higher in women across the nation, and the San Jose region is no different, documenting a 2018 rate of 522.9 in women and 334.1 in males. Young adults and adolescents report the highest incidences of chlamydia.
The state of California has seen a 211% increase in gonorrhea cases between 2008 and 2018, and this rise is also reflected in the uptick in gonorrhea cases in Santa Clara County. In 2018, the Santa Clara metropolitan statistical area saw 2,230 gonorrhea cases. This was a 43.7% increase over the past five years and a drop of 11.8% from the 2017 total of 2,528. Despite the overall rise, the area’s rate of 111.6 infections per 100,000 residents was lower than both the state and national rates of 200.3 and 179.1, respectively. In the San Jose region, males reported gonorrhea infections twice as much as females — 1,565 to 663.
Syphilis is an especially dangerous STD, leading to organ failure, brain damage, and stillborn babies if left untreated. The reported cases of all types of syphilis in the San Jose area have drastically increased in the past few years. In 2018, the statistical area, including San Jose and nearby territories, reported 872 syphilis cases.
California saw an increase of 265% from 2008 to 2018, reflecting the overall rise in the United States since a historic low in 2000 and 2001. The area also saw increases in primary and secondary syphilis. The rates of early non-primary and non-secondary syphilis also grew modestly between 2014 and 2018. Syphilis occurs primarily in males, with San Jose officials reporting 216 cases of P&S syphilis in males and only 80 in females during 2018.
Sexual activity puts one at risk for an STD, but safe practices and advice from an experienced professional on reducing risks are important preventative measures. Many sexually active people aren’t tested often enough for STDs. Getting tested is the best way to prevent the spread of STDs and protect your health. Fortunately, many free and low-cost clinics in the San Jose area offer testing and treatment for STDs.
The Crane Center is operated by the Santa Clara County Public Health Department, offering STD and HIV testing. HIV and hepatitis C testing is free, while STD screenings for infections, such as gonorrhea, syphilis, and chlamydia, cost $40 for adults and $5 for adolescents aged 12-17. Appointments are necessary, and the center is closed on Saturdays, Sundays, and holidays. The Crane Center also provides HIV pre-exposure and post-exposure prophylaxis for a similar fee.
76 Lenzen Avenue, Number 1800
San Jose, CA 95126
Asian Americans for Community Involvement provides free rapid HIV testing for everyone in their community. The test is simple, and the results are processed and available in about 20 minutes. Individuals can choose to have their results anonymous or confidential. HIV counseling and testing are available in English, Vietnamese, and Spanish. Individual and online counseling is also offered to people with questions or concerns. The clinic educates the public about safer sex and engages in numerous outreach activities.
1010 The Alameda
San Jose, CA 95126
A local branch of Planned Parenthood runs the San Jose Central Health Center. It offers HIV and STD testing, as well as treatment and vaccines. The staff’s primary languages are English, Tagalog, Spanish, Vietnamese, and Japanese, and interpreters are available. The center’s fees are assigned on a sliding scale, so costs are determined by income. It serves uninsured and insured individuals and offers both in-person and telehealth consultations.
1691 The Alameda
San Jose, CA 95126
Roots Community Health Center provides STI, HIV, and hepatitis C testing for adults aged 18 and older. If the clinic’s schedule permits, they can see walk-ins, but making an appointment is a more surefire way to receive a test. Mental health services, including coaching, counseling, and support groups, are available to all clients. The clinic also prioritizes preventative health care and vaccinations for residents of San Jose and the surrounding area.
1898 The Alameda
San Jose, CA 96126
Blossom Hill Health Center is another Planned Parenthood clinic in San Jose that provides sexual health services for members of the metropolitan area. The clinic’s fees are determined on a sliding scale, and tests are administered regardless of an individual’s insurance coverage. Besides HIV and STD testing, the Blossom Hill Health Center also provides emergency contraception on a walk-in basis during operating hours. It’s recommended that individuals seeking services, such as STD testing, make an appointment, but walk-ins are accepted on a first-come, first-served basis.
5440 Thornwood Drive
San Jose, CA 95123