Sexually Transmitted Diseases
Three common STDs- chlamydia, gonorrhea, and syphilis have reached a new, all-time high in the United States, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. San Bernardino County is no exception. In 2018, there were 13,379 reported cases of chlamydia, 3,904 gonorrhea cases, and 1,536 total syphilis cases.
Among 2018 total STD cases, as many as 12% of females were reported pregnant. One of the most common STD that is incredibly harmful to infants and preventable is congenital syphilis. In San Bernardino County congenital syphilis has increased a staggering 675% since 2014. In 2018 alone, there were 31 cases of congenital syphilis reported. San Bernardino County is dedicated to reducing the number of babies born with syphilis by increasing provider awareness of congenital syphilis and rising rates of syphilis in women. The Syphilis in Women Action Toolkit includes clinical resources for healthcare providers and educational materials for their patients.
All STDs can have serious complications including chronic illness, infertility, hospitalization, and death. San Bernardino County aims to prevent these complications by educating County residents and targeting impacted groups, including racial and ethnic minority populations, adolescent and young adults, females of childbearing age, and gay and bisexual men.
By partnering with schools, medical providers, and other community organizations, the San Bernardino County Department of Public Health works to ensure access to screening, treatment, education, and medical provider training in an effort to reduce STD infections.
Information for Community Members
- How to get yourself tested
- Which STD tests should I get?
- San Bernardino County Clinic Information
- GetTested National HIV, STD, and Hepatitis Testing
- Teen Source Find a Clinic
- For ways to prepare for your doctor’s visit check out this guide
- Resources for Requesting Confidential Billing [English] [Spanish]
- Just Diagnosed? CDC Fact Sheet [English] [Spanish]
- Talk to your sexual partner
- Sexual Health for Adolescents
- Information for Teens: Staying Healthy and Preventing STDs
- Condoms help prevent STDs and pregnancy. Find out where to pick up free condoms or have them mailed to you.
- Sexual Health Information and Resources for Youth
- Sexual Health for Women
- Well-Woman Visit Guide
- Pregnant? For a healthier baby, be sure to ask your health care provider about getting tested for STDs.
- STDs During Pregnancy Fact Sheet [English] [Spanish]
- Syphilis in Women and Infants are on a rise in San Bernardino County- How to protect your baby from syphilis [English] [Spanish]
- Your Pregnancy and Substance Use
- Sexual Health for Gay, Bisexual & Other Men who Have Sex with Men (MSM) and Transgender Women
- For Parents and Guardians
Information for Providers
- Health Alerts & Provider Letters
- Take a sexual History
- Test & Treat
- Clinical Guidelines and Recommendations
- Guidelines and Job Aids-CDPH
- Expanded Syphilis Screening Recommendations for the Prevention of Congenital Syphilis Guidelines for California Medical Providers-(2020)
- Why Screen for Chlamydia? A Provider Implementation Guide
- Clinician’s Guide to Sexual History Taking
- Essential Sexual Health Questions to Ask Adolescents
- Chlamydia and Gonorrhea Clinical Risk Assessment Pocket Guide-CDPH
- HEADSSS Assessment: Risk and Protective Factors for Providers to Discuss– American Academy of Pediatrics
- Standard of Care for Patients with Chlamydia and Gonorrhea: Expedited Partner Therapy (EPT)
- Patient-Delivered Partner Therapy for Chlamydia, Gonorrhea, and Trichomoniasis: Guidance for Medical Providers, 2016
- Guidelines for Care of LGBT Patients-GLMA
- PrEP for Prevention of HIV Infection in the US: A Clinical Practice Guideline-USPHS
- Patient Delivered Partner Therapy: A Counseling Guide for Providers
- Toolkits and Training
- San Bernardino County Syphilis In Women Action Toolkit
- Adolescent Health Care 101: The Basics- CA Edition: An Adolescent Provider Toolkit
- Sexual Health: An Adolescent Provider Toolkit
- California Minor Consent and Confidentiality Laws
- Understanding Confidentiality and Minor Consent in California: An Adolescent Provider Toolkit
- Minor Consent & Confidentiality for Sexual Health Services in California: A Training for Clinical Settings
- Extragenital Testing for Gonorrhea and Chlamydia in Men who Have Sex with Men Webinar
- Taking a Sexual History Webinar
- Retesting for Chlamydia and Gonorrhea Webinar
- Cultural Competency Training