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North Oxnard Health Center
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Ventura County Public Health Department
South Oxnard Public Health 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.
Ventura is a coastal community and the seat of Ventura County where chlamydia is the most reported STD, and cases have steadily risen since 2014. Gonorrhea cases have nearly doubled since 2014, going from 360 to 692 in 2018, and syphilis cases have more than doubled since 2015, going from 34 to 82 in 2018.
Ventura County had 3,018 chlamydia cases reported in 2018, up from 2,848 in 2017, which translated to an infection rate of 352.8 per 100,000 residents. Cases among women have been historically higher, with more than twice as many female diagnoses compared to those reported among men. Despite a drop in diagnoses in 2016, spikes in 2017 and 2018 resulted in 2,117 chlamydia cases in females for a rate of 493.1. Male cases saw the same dips and spikes, ending with 887 cases in 2018. Young females aged 15 to 24 were the group with the highest infection rates, with numbers jumping from 1,173 in 2017 to 1,265 in 2018 for a rate of 2,151.4 per 100,000 individuals in this age group.
Gonorrhea cases in Ventura County have seen ups and downs, starting with a significant spike in 2015, when cases swelled from the 360 reported in 2014 to 621. The number of cases dipped to 614 in 2016, jumped to 715 in 2017, and then dropped again in 2018 to 692 for a rate of 80.9 per 100,000 residents. Diagnoses were higher among men, with 410 cases compared to 280 among women. The age group most impacted were young people aged 15 to 24, with nearly identical numbers between the sexes — 122 female vs. 124 male cases.
Ventura County had 281 total syphilis cases in all stages in 2018 and three congenital syphilis cases, which corresponded to a rate of 25 out of 100,000 live births. Reported cases of early non-primary non-secondary syphilis nearly tripled in two years in Ventura County, with 22 cases in 2016 jumping to 59 in 2018. Of these, 53 were infections in males and six in females. Primary and secondary syphilis diagnoses had a similar outcome, with 33 cases in 2016 increasing to 82 in 2018, which included 77 male cases and five female cases. There were zero cases of P&S syphilis among women in 2014, while there were 48 cases among men that year. After seeing a decrease in cases two years in a row, diagnoses among men shot back up to 48 in 2017, then jumped again in 2018.
All STDs can be managed with appropriate treatment, and many can be cured. However, they often don’t show symptoms and go undetected, leaving people at risk for serious health-related complications. Long-term STD infections can result in organ damage and infertility, along with an increased risk of catching HIV. Resources in Ventura and throughout Ventura County provide low-cost or free STD testing, so residents can learn whether they have an STD and need to seek treatment.
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 Ventura 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 Ventura County Public Health Department provides free HIV rapid testing and PrEP for uninsured individuals at its Ventura clinic. Testing requires scheduling an appointment by calling 805-652-3342. The Public Health Department also provides conventional HIV testing and STD testing for chlamydia, gonorrhea, and syphilis at its South Oxnard PH Clinic, located at 2500 C Street, Suite B1 in Oxnard. Testing is available by appointment only Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Appointments may be scheduled by calling 805-981-5221 or 888-285-5012.
3147 Loma Vista Road
Ventura, CA 93003
Planned Parenthood operates the Ventura Center, providing STD testing and treatment for chlamydia, bacterial vaginosis, gonorrhea, genital warts, syphilis, herpes, and trichomoniasis. It also offers HIV testing only, plus HPV vaccines, male and female condoms, and STD/safer sex education. Service is available in English and Spanish, and interpreters are available by phone for other languages when requested in advance. Clinic hours are Mondays from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Tuesdays, Fridays, and Saturdays from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Wednesdays from 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.; and Thursdays from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m.
5400 Ralston Street
Ventura, CA 93003
FPA Women’s Health offers comprehensive STD testing for women of all ages, including for chlamydia, gonorrhea, syphilis, HPV, herpes, trichomoniasis, hepatitis B and C, and HIV/AIDS tests. Services are completely confidential. FPA accepts most insurance plans and Medi-Cal, and it provides no-cost women’s health services to those who qualify through a state-funded financial aid program. Appointments are required, and clinic hours are Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
1700 Lombard Street, Suite 110
Oxnard, CA 93030
The Community Pregnancy Clinic offers free testing for HIV, gonorrhea, herpes, chlamydia, and syphilis to both women and men, providing confidential results for clients aged 12 and up. It also supplies treatment for chlamydia and referrals for all other STD treatment solutions. Appointments are required, and clinic hours are Mondays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. and Tuesdays from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m.
2045 Royal Avenue, Suite 208
Simi Valley, CA 93065
Conejo Free Clinic provides free HIV and STD testing, including chlamydia, gonorrhea, hepatitis B and C, herpes, syphilis, and conventional blood HIV tests. Although there aren’t any eligibility requirements, services are intended for low-income, uninsured adults and children in Ventura and North Los Angeles counties. Office hours are Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., with services provided by appointment only.
80 East Hillcrest Drive, Suite 102
Thousand Oaks, CA 91360