CDC HIV/AIDS/Viral Hepatitis/STD/TB Prevention News UpdateCALIFORNIA: Sacramento County To Offer Home STD Tests For Chlamydia, Gonorrhea
August 27, 2013
CBS Sacramento (08.26.2013)
California’s Sacramento County Health Department has a three-year grant to distribute free and anonymous STD home tests to women. The city has one of the highest STD rates in the state and health officials consider chlamydia and gonorrhea levels epidemic. “Many people who have STDs do not have symptoms. So they would not know otherwise, unless they do the testing,” said Dr. Olivia Kasirye, Sacramento County public health officer. Women would take a quick swab and send the sealed test to a laboratory for analysis. The lab would post anonymous results online after a week. STD tests can be expensive and uncomfortable, but officials hoped this program would get more women tested and treated. “We’re hoping that through this—one—we’ll raise awareness; and—two—we’ll also provide a service that is needed in the community,” said Kasirye.