Temecula Healthcare Center
Pechanga Indian Health Clinic
The three most common STDs in Temecula are chlamydia, gonorrhea, and syphilis. In Riverside County, these diseases have become increasingly prevalent in recent years.
Chlamydia is the most commonly reported communicable disease in Riverside County. In 2018, the CDC disclosed 11,453 chlamydia cases in the county, which corresponds to a rate of 472.6 per 100,000 people and accounted for 5% of the total chlamydia cases in the state. Females are considerably more likely to be diagnosed with this disease. Statewide, 142,006, or 61% of the state’s 231,415 cases, were reported in females. According to national data, those aged 15-34 make up about 90% of documented incidences.
In Riverside County, gonorrhea is the second most common STD and the third most frequently reported infectious disease, affecting residents at a rate of 168.5. Since 2010, new cases of gonorrhea in the county have doubled, a trend that is in keeping with statewide data. Between 2014 and 2018, the number of documented gonorrhea cases in California increased by nearly 75%, going from 45,408 cases in 2014 to 79,192 cases in 2018. About 5% of these cases were reported in residents of Riverside County, earning the county a ranking of 21st in the nation for this disease. Nationwide, gonorrhea is diagnosed more frequently in males. In 2018, there were 583,405 announced cases of this disease in the nation, about 59% of which were reported in males. However, the rate of this disease among females is on the rise, increasing from 162,608 to 241,074 between 2014 and 2018.
While syphilis isn’t as prevalent as chlamydia and gonorrhea, the number of reported cases in California has increased significantly in recent years. In 2014, the CDC showed 3,835 primary and secondary syphilis cases in the state. By 2018, the number had risen by 98% to 7,607. About 5% of these cases, or 306 cases, were reported in Riverside County, which corresponds to a rate of 12.6 per 100,000 residents. While this is lower than the state frequency of 19.2, it’s higher than the national rate of 10.8. This disease is generally diagnosed in males, who accounted for 86% of the total number of cases nationwide in 2018.
In some cases, those who have been infected with an STD experience unpleasant symptoms, such as muscle aches, headaches, fatigue, itchy or painful rashes or sores, or hair loss. However, the majority of people with common STDs like chlamydia or gonorrhea don’t have noticeable symptoms. Unfortunately, undetected STDs can cause serious lifelong complications, even if no symptoms are present. Untreated STDs may cause infertility or sterility, congenital disabilities, heart disease, eye inflammation, pelvic pain, and certain cancers. The CDC and the Riverside County Department of Public Health recommend regular STD testing for anyone sexually active. The Temecula area offers several free and low-cost STD testing options for residents.
Neighborhood Healthcare is a private, nonprofit organization that provides an array of medical, lab, prenatal, and primary care services for little or no cost. Its Temecula campus offers confidential STD testing for chlamydia, gonorrhea, hepatitis A and B, syphilis, and HIV. In addition to health care services, the clinic provides free enrollment assistance services for uninsured patients who qualify for Medicaid. Patients may be seen on a walk-in basis, but are encouraged to make appointments by calling the clinic or accessing its online booking tool. The clinic is open on weekdays from 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., and the staff speaks English and Spanish.
41840 Enterprise Circle North
Temecula, CA 92590
The Pechanga Indian Health Clinic, which is operated by Riverside San Bernardino County Indian Health Incorporated, is a community clinic that offers a variety of health care services to Native Americans and their spouses residing in Riverside County. This community-based organization provides STD testing for HIV, chlamydia, gonorrhea, and syphilis, as well as vaccines for hepatitis A and B. In most cases, services are provided at no charge, but patients are required to provide information for Medicaid or private insurance coverage. The clinic is open on weekdays, and appointments are necessary for services and can be made over the phone.
12784 Pechanga Road
Temecula, CA 92390
Lake Elsinore Family Care Center is a community-based healthcare provider in Lake Elsinore, about 15 miles from Temecula, that provides services to community members who are uninsured, underinsured, or underserved. It offers confidential STD testing for patients aged 12 and over. The visit includes an exam based on the patient’s symptoms, and most STDs are diagnosed using a urine or blood specimen. Those who test positive are given medication to treat the STD and counseling on how to protect against future infections. The clinic has a sliding fee discount program that enables qualifying patients, including those with health insurance, to pay only 20-80% of the cost of most services.
2499 East Lakeshore Drive
Lake Elsinore, CA 92530
The Riverside County Department of Public Health operates an HIV/STD program at Vista Community Clinic in Lake Elsinore to help county residents prevent, diagnose, and treat STDs. All STD and HIV services are confidential and include testing, treatment, and follow-up. Medi-Cal and private insurance are accepted, and low-income patients’ fees are based on their ability to pay, as determined by an income-based sliding fee schedule. To schedule an appointment, clients should call the clinic directly.