A PROJECT OF THE County of San Diego Health & Human Services Agency

Family Resource Centers

The County of San Diego's Health and Human Services Agency (HHSA) offers a variety of services at their resource centers. The office locations are listed below. More information about HHSA can be found on the county's web site at http://www.sdcounty.ca.gov/hhsa/facilities/index.html.

Center City 1255
Imperial Ave.
San Diego, CA
(619) 338-2025

Mission Valley
7947 Mission Center Ct.
San Diego, CA
(619) 767-5206

Kearny Mesa
5201 Ruffin Rd. #K
San Diego, CA
(858) 565-5598

4588 Market St.
San Diego, CA
(619) 238-7907

5001 73rd St.
San Diego, CA
(619) 464-5701

South Bay
690 Oxford St.
Chula Vista, CA
(619) 427-9660

Lemon Grove
7065 Broadway
(619) 464-5114

El Cajon
220 First St.
(619) 579-4355

1315 Union Plaza Ct.
(760) 754-5757

463 N. Midway Dr.
(760) 739-6060

San Diego Health Resources

Below are some additional San Diego health resources.

Family Health Centers of San Diego
(619) 515-2300

Nine locations throughout the San Diego Area. Check website or call for the location nearest you, and various services at each location. They accept many types of health insurance and for those who do not have health insurance, fees are based on a sliding scale. Additional services available include (not at all locations): counseling/mental health, dental, vision, health education, HIV testing and counseling, laboratory, urgent care, pharmacy, medical services for pediatrics through adult.

Health South Medical Clinics

The health department provides public health services for the residents of San Diego County providing many types of clinics and programs. They include: Child Health Disability Prevention (CHDP). This is a program for babies, children, youth and adults on Medi-Cal under age 21. Free health check-ups are available. A person 3 years old or older (up to 21) can also get regular dental check-ups.

Medical Society of San Diego
(858) 565-8888

Provides the public with referrals to physicians, review of ethic and quality-of-care complaints about member physicians, and availability of various kinds of medical services to the county.

AIDS Hotline

Offers confidential information on all aspects of AIDS by phone or in person including the latest testing and treatment, problems dealing with AIDS, and telling a partner. Anonymous testing is available free. Testing available through the clinic by appointment. Other services include a support group for AIDS patients; contact with AIDS SUPPORT NETWORK, which provides voluntary assistance to AIDS patients; and an educational speakers program.

AIDS Hotline for confidential testing

This is an additional hotline not associated with the county health department. Provides information on confidential AIDS testing as well as of the services listed above.

Dental Society of San Diego
(619) 275-0244

Referrals for private patients and Medi-Cal patients to local dentists. Offers dental screening for schools, educational programs to the public, and reviews complaints against dentists.

San Diego Optometric Society
(858) 270-8648

Referrals for vision care.

Baby Shots Line
(619) 692-6600

Sexually Transmitted Disease (STDs)

This information is for informational purposes only and is not intended to be medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment.

There are more than 30 kinds of infections that can be spread through sexual contact. As you probably already know, these are called Sexually Transmitted Infections (STIs) and they should always be taken seriously.

Some STIs are curable if you see a doctor right away. There is no cure for the herpes virus but it can be controlled with medication. HIV/AIDS is not curable and often ends in death.

STIs are spread during sexual contact. Sometimes you can have an STI with no signs or symptoms. Other times, you may have the symptoms and the symptoms go away on their own. EITHER WAY, you still have the STI until you get treated.

You may feel embarrassed about going to a doctor/clinic to get tested for an STI, but embarrassment and shame get in the way of people taking care of their health. Infections that go untreated can develop into worse health problems. Many people find it hard to talk about their sexual health, but this can lead people to neglect taking care of themselves and their partner.

Common STIs

The following is a short list of STIs with details for each listed. For a complete list of STIs, facts, and more information about each one, go to http://www.plannedparenthood.org, click on health info, and sexually transmitted infections.

If you think you might have an STI, go to your doctor or clinic. Diagnosis of sexually transmitted infections requires laboratory tests and/or physical examination. For confidential testing you can call toll-free 1-800-230-PLAN to reach your nearest Planned Parenthood health center.

STIs: What to Watch For, How You Get Them, and What Happens if You Don’t Get Treated


  • Symptoms show up 7-21 days after having sex.
  • Most women and some men have no symptoms.
  • Spread during vaginal, anal and oral sex with someone who has chlamydia.
  • You can give chlamydia or NGU to your sexual partner.
  • Can lead to more serious infections.
  • Reproductive organs can be damaged.
  • Both men and women may no longer be able to have children.
  • A mother with chlamydia can give it to her baby during childbirth.


  • Discharge from the vagina
  • Bleeding from the vagina and between periods.
  • Burning or pain during urination.
  • Pain in belly, sometimes with fever and nausea.


  • Watery, white or yellow drip from penis.
  • Burning or pain during urination

Genital Warts aka- HPV

  • Symptoms show up 1-8 months after having sex
  • Small, bumpy warts on the sex organs and anus
  • The warts do not go away
  • Itching or burning around the sex organs
  • After warts go away, the virus stays in the body. The warts can come back
  • Spread during vaginal, anal and oral sex with someone who has genital warts
  • You can give genital warts to your sexual partners
  • Warts cannot be cured
  • More warts grow and are harder to get rid of
  • A mother with warts can give them to her baby during childbirth
  • May lead to precancerous conditions


  • Symptoms show up 7-21 days after having sex
  • Most women and some men have no symptoms
  • Spread during vaginal, anal and oral sex with someone who has gonorrhea
  • You can give gonorrhea to your sexual partners
  • Can lead to more serious infections
  • Reproductive organs can be damaged
  • Both men and women may no longer be able to have children
  • A mother can give it to her baby during childbirth
  • Can cause heart trouble, skin disease, arthritis and blindness


  • Discharge from the vagina
  • Bleeding from the vagina and between periods
  • Burning or pain during urination
  • Pain in belly, sometimes with fever and nausea


  • Watery, white or yellow drip from penis
  • Burning or pain during urination


  • Symptoms show up 1-9 months after contact with the hepatitis B virus.
  • Many people have no symptoms or mild symptoms.
  • Flu-like feelings that don’t go away.
  • Tiredness
  • Dark urine, light-colored bowl movements.
  • Spread during vaginal, anal and oral sex with someone who has hepatitis B.
  • Spread by sharing needles.
  • Spread by contact with blood infected with the virus.
  • You can give hepatitis B to your sexual partners or someone you share needles with.
  • Some people recover completely, some cannot be cured even when symptoms go away.
  • Can cause permanent liver damage.
  • A mother can give it to her baby during childbirth.


  • Symptoms show up 1-30 days after having sex.
  • Some people have no symptoms.
  • Flu-like feelings.
  • Small, painful blisters on the sex organs or mouth.
  • Itching or burning before the blister appears.
  • Blisters last 1-3 weeks.
  • Blisters go away but you still have herpes; they can come back.
  • Spread during vaginal, anal and oral sex with someone who has herpes.
  • Transmission requires skin to skin contact only (can still get it when using a condom)
  • You can give herpes to your sexual partners.
  • Herpes can not be cured.
  • A mother with herpes can give it to her baby during childbirth, which may cause the baby to be blind.


  • Symptoms show up several months to several years after contact with HIV, the virus that causes AIDS.
  • Can be present for many years with no symptoms.
  • Unexplainable weight loss or tiredness.
  • Flu-like feelings that don’t go away.
  • Diarrhea.
  • White spots in the mouth.
  • In women, yeast infections that don’t go away.
  • Spread during vaginal, anal and oral sex with someone who has HIV
  • Spread by sharing needles to inject drugs or for other reasons
  • Spread by contact with infected blood
  • You can give HIV to your sexual partners or someone you share a needle with.
  • HIV can not be cured.
  • Most people die from the disease.
  • A mother with HIV can give it to her baby in the womb, during birth or while breastfeeding.


1st Stage

  • Symptoms show up 3-12 weeks after having sex
  • A painless, reddish-brown sore(s) on the mouth, sex organs, breasts or fingers
  • Sore(s) last 1-5 weeks.

2nd Stage

  • Symptoms show up 1 week-6 months after sore heals
  • A rash anywhere on the body
  • Flu-like feelings
  • Rash and flu-like feelings go away, but you still have syphilis
  • Spread during vaginal, anal and oral sex with someone who has syphilis
  • You can give syphilis to your sexual partners
  • A mother with syphilis can give it to her baby during childbirth or have a miscarriage
  • Can cause heart disease, brain damage, blindness and death.


Making a responsible decision about sex is very important. It is necessary that you find out all the facts and explore your feelings before making a decision; this choice will affect you for the rest of your life.

It is also very important for you to remember that you have a choice. You can join many other teenagers and practice abstinence. Abstinence is the decision to refrain from having sex. This can be a good choice for teenagers because sex can be very complicated.

If you’re not ready to deal with all the issues that arise with a sexual relationship, abstinence is the best and most responsible choice you can make. However, if you are already in a sexual relationship or are considering becoming sexually active, you should ask yourself the following questions:

How do I know if I'm ready for a sexual relationship?

Do I have accurate information about sex?

  • Do I know what is true and what are myths?
  • Do I know how the reproductive system works?
  • Do I know about birth control, how to use it and where to get it?

Why do I want to have sex?

  • Do I think it will make me popular?
  • Do I love my partner and does my partner love me?
  • Am I being pressured to have sex?
  • Am I making this decision based on my feelings or am I doing it for some other reason?

Can I handle the consequences?

  • What if I am no longer with my partner after we have sex?
  • What if my parents find out?
  • What if I or my partner become pregnant?
  • Can I financially support a baby?
  • What if I get an STD?

This list of questions brings up just some of the issues that need to be thought about when deciding to become sexually active. If you are unsure about the answers to any of these questions you should wait before you make a decision and get more information.


  1. If you have questions about medical issues like birth control you could talk to your doctor or call a family planning clinic.
  2. If you have questions about your relationship you should talk with your partner, talk to a close friend or seek some counseling from a clinic.
  3. If you are confused about your emotions or your own personal values or morals you may want to talk to a close friend, your parents, or an adult you can talk to.

Remember that you must take responsibility for whatever decision you make because you are the one who has to deal with the consequences.

Having sex is about making choices.

  • We choose when we are ready and when we want to wait.
  • We choose our partners.
  • We choose what we want to do and what we don't want to do with our partners.
  • We can choose to do it in the safest way.

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