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Channel Medical Center
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Waterloo Health Center
Mariposa Road Clinic
CMC West Lane
Eastland Plaza Health Center
North Stockton Health Center
Hazelton Avenue 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.
Stockton is located in San Joaquin County, where the most commonly reported STDs are chlamydia, gonorrhea, and syphilis. The county has recently seen increased rates of all three infections, according to the California Department of Public Health (CDPH).
According to CDPH data, San Joaquin County’s chlamydia rate increased by 16.7% between 2014 and 2018. During the same five-year period, California as a whole saw a 29.6% increase. Despite San Joaquin’s slower rate of growth, it had the 19th-highest chlamydia incidence among California’s 58 counties in 2018. Neighboring Sacramento County ranked fifth. In 2018, women in San Joaquin County experienced an infection rate more than twice as high as men. Californians aged 20 to 24 were diagnosed at a rate nearly 44% higher than the second-most affected age group, 25 to-29-year-olds.
Over the five years ending in 2018, the rate of gonorrhea diagnoses in California soared by 72%. San Joaquin County recorded a 35% increase during those years, and as of 2018 was the 15th-most affected county in California. Sacramento County came in at number seven. In 2018, men and women in San Joaquin County were diagnosed with gonorrhea at similar rates, the CDPH says. This is out of step with the California norm — men are diagnosed twice as often statewide — and may indicate missed infections among men in San Joaquin County.
California experienced a dramatic rise in syphilis diagnoses in recent years, as the below chart shows. Statewide, the rate of primary and secondary syphilis infections increased nearly 93% between 2014 and 2018. San Joaquin County saw an even more dramatic increase of nearly 198%. In 2018, it had the third-highest infection rate of California’s 58 counties, while Sacramento County ranked 11th. Men in San Joaquin County, and n California as a whole, are diagnosed with syphilis at significantly higher rates than women. However, women in the county are catching up, as CDPH data shows. Over the five years ending in 2018, the female infection rate soared by 823%, compared to 201% for males.
STD screening is important for all sexually active Californians, even if you don’t think you’ve been exposed. While these infections often cause no symptoms, they may lead to serious health complications, such as infertility or chronic pelvic pain. To protect yourself and your partners, take advantage of free or low-cost testing resources. If you’re hesitant to get tested, rest assured that many STDS, including chlamydia, gonorrhea, and syphilis, can be cured with antibiotics. Others can be controlled with medications.
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 Stockton 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 Stockton Health Center offers STD testing and treatment in a nonjudgmental environment. You can get screened for Stockton’s three most common STDs, as well as HIV. The clinic also offers family planning services. Appointments are required and can be made by calling the clinic. Free services are available to eligible clients.
1601 East Hazelton Avenue
Stockton, CA 95205
Planned Parenthood Mar Monte operates four clinics in San Joaquin County, including two in Stockton. These clinics provide comprehensive STD testing, diagnosis, and treatment services. Visit your nearest clinic to get screened for chlamydia, gonorrhea, syphilis, trichomoniasis, and bacterial vaginosis. While you’re there, you can learn about safer sex and pick up condoms or dental dams. The clinics take Medi-Cal and many private insurance plans. If you’re uninsured, ask about the sliding fee scale. Evening and weekend appointments are available.
4555 Precissi Lane
Stockton, CA 95207
Multiple Stockton Locations
Golden Valley Health Centers operates several clinics in the Central Valley, and for Stockton residents, the nonprofit’s closest clinic is about 30 miles away in Riverbank. This clinic offers comprehensive women’s health services, including confidential testing and treatment of common STDs. The clinic accepts Medi-Cal, Medicare, and private insurance, and offers a sliding fee scale for uninsured clients. Regular office hours are Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
4150 Patterson Road
Riverbank, CA 95367
At its Livermore Clinic, located about 40 miles from Stockton, Axis Community Health offers comprehensive women’s health services. By appointment only, you can get tested for an array of common STDs, including chlamydia, gonorrhea, syphilis, herpes, and hepatitis B. Treatment is provided if required. If you’re uninsured, clinic staff can help you apply for Medi-Cal or other insurance coverage. The clinic offers sliding scale discounts for some services, but no one is turned away if they can’t pay.
3311 Pacific Avenue
Livermore, CA 94550
Multiple Alameda County Locations
About 50 miles away in Sacramento is WellSpace Health’s Oak Park Community Health Center, which offers comprehensive sexual health services. You can make an appointment or walk in to get tested for chlamydia, gonorrhea, syphilis, hepatitis C, and HIV. If you test positive, the nonprofit offers confidential partner notification. Clinic hours are Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. WellSpace Health accepts Medicare and Medi-Cal and offers income-based discounts for uninsured clients.
3415 Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard
Sacramento, CA 95817
Golden Rule Services is a nonprofit HIV/AIDS service provider in Sacramento. It offers free rapid testing for HIV and hepatitis C. You can learn your status in as little as 20 minutes, and if you test positive, the organization provides referrals to treatment and case management services. Golden Rule Services also offers free, confidential urine testing for chlamydia and gonorrhea. Walk-ins are welcome.
4433 Florin Road, Suite 860
Sacramento, CA 95823