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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.
While Orange County’s STD rates are lower than statewide rates, the county has seen a steady increase in infection numbers between 2009 and 2019. The frequency of chlamydia cases increased by 25% in California between 2015 and 2019, with 236,719 diagnoses reported in 2019 — the highest number of infections since 1990. Gonorrhea numbers went up by nearly 50% during the same period, hitting 80,301 diagnoses in 2019. These STIs and syphilis are the three most commonly reported in Santa Ana.
The chlamydia incidence rate in Orange County was 438.2 per 100,000 persons in 2018, which is lower than the infection rate reported across California. According to the CDC, Orange County ranked 14th among counties with the highest number of chlamydia diagnoses in 2019, accounting for 6% of all cases in California. At 68.2 per 100,000 persons, Santa Ana had the highest incidence rate in Orange County.
In 2018, chlamydia rates at both the county and state levels were greater among females, who outnumbered males by around 1.5 to 1. Although lower, chlamydia diagnoses among males continued to increase statewide, by 7% between 2017 and 2018 and by 44% since 2014. Overall, the 20 to 25 age group had the highest number of diagnoses in the county, with the 26 to 35 age group coming in second. Adolescents and young adults aged 15 to 24 accounted for an estimated 50% of all chlamydia cases in California.
Orange County’s gonorrhea rate was 120.8 per 100,000 people in 2018, and it increased to 127.7 the following year, which was nearly three times higher than it was in 2010. It ranked 23th and 24th among counties with the highest number of gonorrhea cases in 2018 and 2019, respectively. The city of Santa Ana reported 24 cases per 100,000 people in 2018.
The frequency of gonorrhea infections was over three times greater for the 19 to 25 age group compared to the county average. The 26 to 35 age group followed closely, with an infection rate of 376 per 100,000 persons. Genderwise, gonorrhea diagnoses were greater in the male population, with a male-to-female infection ratio of two to one.
In 2018, Orange County’s syphilis rate was lower than the California average at 11.5 per 100,000 residents but higher than most California counties and four times higher than the rate in 2009. A total of 536 primary and secondary syphilis infections were diagnosed in the county in 2019, accounting for 6% of all infections reported statewide. Santa Ana had the second-highest syphilis incidence rate, which was 4.2 per 100,000 residents in 2018.
Syphilis diagnoses were significantly more frequent in men than women. Orange County’s Healthier Together, operated by the Orange County Health Care Agency, estimated the 2018 male-to-female infection ratio at 12 to one, with male cases outnumbering female cases by 1,100%. The 26 to 35 age group saw the highest syphilis numbers, followed by the 19 to 25 and 36 to 45 age groups.
If you’re sexually active, you should get screened for common sexually transmitted infections regularly even if you don’t have any symptoms. STD testing will help you identify any infection early before it causes serious harm to your health or you pass an STI on to a partner. Many STDs, such as gonorrhea and chlamydia, are treated with antibiotics and can be prevented by taking a few simple precautions, such as using condoms. There are several free or low-cost testing options in Santa Ana.
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 Santa Ana 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:
Operated by the Orange County Health Department, the STD clinic offers a comprehensive range of sexual health services to Santa Ana residents. Whether you’re currently experiencing STD symptoms, you’ve been exposed to a sexually transmitted infection, or just want to get tested preventively, you can access STD screening, diagnosis, and treatment at the clinic. The staff can also provide PrEP, PEP, HIV testing, and diagnosis. While you’re encouraged to make an appointment ahead of time wherever possible, you can also walk in if you require urgent STD testing or emergency contraception.
1725 West 17th Street, Suite 101F
Santa Ana, CA 92706
Located east of the city center, the Santa Ana Health Center provides STD testing, diagnosis, and treatment for all sexually transmitted diseases, including chlamydia, gonorrhea, herpes, and syphilis. The center operates on both appointment and walk-in bases depending on availability, so you can access emergency STD testing when needed. You can also receive counseling and advice on how to protect yourself during sex, ways to reduce your STD risk, and common STD symptoms to look for. It accepts various types of insurance, including Medi-Cal, but if you’re uninsured and on a low income you might be able to get the cost covered by a state-funded program or a lower fee scale.
1421 East 17th Street
Santa Ana, CA 92705
The Obria Medical Clinic in Santa Ana offers screening for most sexually transmitted infections, including syphilis, chlamydia, and gonorrhea. The clinic also provides helpful information about STDs, common symptoms, and various resources on its website. Additional services, such as contraception, ultrasounds, and cervical cancer screenings, are also available.
2001 East First Street, Suite 209
Santa Ana, CA 92705
Located within walking distance of downtown Santa Ana, the LGBTQ Center Orange County specializes in a wide range of sexual health services. STI and HIV testing are provided free of charge by the staff on duty. You can also access mental health and emotional wellness services, which include risk-reduction counseling and sexual education. Resource referrals for PEP and PrEP, as well as free condoms, are available on request.
1605 North Spurgeon Street
Santa Ana, CA 92701
The AltaMed Medical Group provides access to STD screening, diagnosis, treatment, and prevention in Santa Ana. In addition to on-site testing, you can also access at-home HIV tests if you suspect you’ve been exposed to HIV but you’re not comfortable with a physical exam. PPrEP and PEP are offered as part of the clinic’s HIV prevention options. Treatment for the most common sexually transmitted diseases is provided through the in-house pharmacy. You can either make an appointment or walk in during the center’s business hours. Various types of insurance plans are accepted here; if you’re not currently insured, AltaMed offers separate health plans that fit patients’ family and budget needs.
2720 South Bristol Street, Suite 104
Santa Ana, CA 92704