Tomorrow the Merced County Board of Supervisors are expected to approve a grant from the California Department of Public Health in the amount of $25,704 to fight against climbing STD rates in the county.
The Merced County Department of Public Health will use the money and proactively fight STDs through educational programs and outreach in the community. Specifically the grant is aimed at reducing the rates and instances of chlamydia, syphilis and gonorrhea.
In 2015 rates for females in Merced County climbed to at or above state levels in chlamydia, syphilis and gonorrhea. Of particular note, chlamydia rates for women across all demographics increased dramatically.
To learn more about the grant visit here.
To see more stats about Merced County STD rates click here