CDC HIV/AIDS/Viral Hepatitis/STD/TB Prevention News UpdateOAKLAND, CALIFORNIA: Alameda County Offering Free At-Home STD Tests for Young Women
July 24, 2013
NBC Bay Area – KNTV (07.23.2013)
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In response to consistently high chlamydia and gonorrhea rates in Alameda County, the California Department of Public Health’s STD Control Branch has partially funded “I Know Alameda,” a program that provides women ages 25 and younger with free home-test kits to detect chlamydia and gonorrhea. The Alameda County Public Health Department (ACPHD) will ship kits via mail to women who have ordered online. Women can expect to receive their kit within a few days of ordering and will receive their test results either via telephone or e-mail within a week of sending it to the laboratory responsible for processing the kits. County health officials noted that participants would be able to keep their results confidential via unique usernames and passwords. According to Dr. Munti Davis, ACPHD director, chlamydia and gonorrhea were two of the most common STDs in Alameda County, with consistently high rates among young adults and teens. The department modeled the initiative after a home testing project in Los Angeles County. ACPHD reported that Sacramento and San Diego counties also are launching their own versions of the program.