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PrEP & PEP

What is PrEP? Pre-exposure prophylaxis, or PrEP, is a way for people who do not have HIV but who are at substantial risk of getting it to prevent HIV infection by taking a pill every day.

More resources below:

What is the most important information I should know about TRUVADA for PrEP? Find out here.

What is PEP? 

PEP is the use of antiretroviral drugs after a single high-risk event to stop HIV seroconversion. Learn more here.

 

These options are offered in our 1800 Mt Vernon Ave clinic. Call with any questions today at 661-321-3000. 

HIV Rapid Testing

Kern County Public Health Services offers free, on-site, rapid testing using the Ora Quick HIV Test. The test takes 20 minutes and is done using an oral swab. No appointment is necessary, we take walk-ins between the hours of 8:00am-5:00pm, Monday-Friday. For more information call (661) 321-3000.

Getting Tested

If you are concerned you might have been exposed or have Sexually Transmitted Infection, clinic services for screening of Sexually Transmitted Infections are available at the following locations:

Kern County Public Health Clinic
Bakersfield: 1800 Mt. Vernon Ave.

  • Open Monday through Friday
  • Appointments are available 8am-11:15am and 12:45 pm – 4:15pm
  • Confidentiality is strictly observed for all patients 12 and older
  • Walk-in’s are accepted but to reduce wait time, please call to make an appointment at 321-3000
  • We accept Medi-Cal
  • Don’t have insurance? You may qualify for Family Pact. Call 321-3000 or email us at askSTDclinic@co.kern.ca.us for eligibility questions

Limited Appointments are available at the following locations (Call 661-321-3000 for more information)

FAQs

Prevention Methods

Abstinence -  The most reliable way to avoid infection is to not have sex (i.e., anal, vaginal or oral).

Vaccination - Vaccines are safe, effective, and recommended ways to prevent hepatitis B and HPV. HPV vaccines for males and females can protect against some of the most common types of HPV. It is best to get all three doses (shots) before becoming sexually active. However, HPV vaccines are recommended for all teen girls and women through age 26 and all teen boys and men through age 21, who did not get all three doses of the vaccine when they were younger. You should also get vaccinated for hepatitis B if you were not vaccinated when you were younger.

Reduce Partners - Reducing your number of sex partners can decrease your risk for STDs. It is still important that you and your partner get tested, and that you share your test results with one another.

Mutual Monogamy - Mutual monogamy means that you agree to be sexually active with only one person, who has agreed to be sexually active only with you. Being in a long-term mutually monogamous relationship with an uninfected partner is one of the most reliable ways to avoid STDs. But you must both be certain you are not infected with STDs. It is important to have an open and honest conversation with your partner.

Use Condoms - Correct and consistent use of the male latex condom is highly effective in reducing STD transmission. Use a condom every time you have anal, vaginal, or oral sex.

If you have latex allergies, synthetic non-latex condoms can be used. But it is important to note that these condoms have higher breakage rates than latex condoms. Natural membrane condoms are not recommended for STD prevention.

Talk with your Partner -Talk with your sex partner(s) about STDs and staying safe before having sex. It might be uncomfortable to start the conversation, but protecting your health is your responsibility.

Get Tested - Many STDs don’t have symptoms, but they can still cause health problems. The only way to know for sure if you have an STD is to get tested.

Kern County Public Health Clinic
Bakersfield: 1800 Mt. Vernon Ave.

  • Open Monday through Friday
  • Appointments are available 8am-11:15 a.m. and 12:45 p.m.–4:15 p.m.
  • Confidentiality is strictly observed for all patients 12 and older
  • Walk-in’s are accepted but to reduce wait time, please call to make an appointment at 321-3000
  • We accept Medi-Cal
  • Don’t have insurance? You may qualify for Family Pact. Call 321-3000 or email us at askSTDclinic@co.kern.ca.us for eligibility questions

Limited Appointments are available at the following locations (Call 661-321-3000 for more information):

What is an STD?

An infection transmitted through sexual contact, caused by bacteria, viruses, or parasites.

Are all STDs curable?

No. Sexually transmitted diseases caused by viruses, such as HIV, HPV, and genital herpes are not curable. On the other hand, STD’s caused by bacteria or parasites can be cured with antibiotics.

How old do I need to be to buy condoms?

In California, there is no minimum age to buy condoms. Teens of any age can buy condoms from a drugstore, pharmacy, grocery store, or even online. Free condoms are also available at our clinic.

Find out more HERE

Types of Sexually Transmitted Diseases

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Chlamydia

Chlamydia is a common STD that can infect both men and women. It can cause serious, permanent damage to a woman’s reproductive system, making it difficult or impossible for her to get pregnant later on. 

Find out more HERE

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Gonorrhea

Gonorrhea is a sexually transmitted disease (STD) that can infect both men and women. It can cause infections in the genitals, rectum, and throat.

Find out more HERE

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Herpes

Genital herpes is an STD caused by two types of viruses. The viruses are called herpes simplex type 1 and herpes simplex type 2.Genital herpes is common in the United States.

Find out more HERE

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Hepatitis B

Hepatitis B is transmitted when blood, semen, or another body fluid from a person infected with the Hepatitis B virus enters the body of someone who is not infected. 

Find out more HERE

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HIV/AIDS

HIV stands for human immunodeficiency virus. It weakens a person’s immune system by destroying important cells that fight disease and infection. 

Find out more HERE

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HPV

HPV is a group of more than 150 related viruses. Each HPV virus in this large group is given a number which is called its HPV type. HPV is named for the warts some HPV types can cause. 

Find out more HERE

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Syphilis

Syphilis is an STD that can cause long-term complications if not treated correctly. Symptoms in adults are divided into stages. 

Find out more HERE

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Congenital Syphilis

Congenital syphilis (CS) is a disease that occurs when a mother with syphilis passes the infection on to her baby during pregnancy. 

Find out more HERE