There has been an increase in STDS in Los Angeles County where Bell Gardens, CA is located, but statistics for the city are below county averages.
In 2018 the rate of syphilis cases, including primary, secondary and latent stage syphilis, was 28 per 100,000 of the population, compared to 33.3 per 100,000 in the whole county.
The rate of gonorrhea cases was 140.8 per 100,000 in Bell Gardens, CA while it was 179.5 per 100 in LA County.
248.7 people for every 100,000 of the population were living with HIV in 2018 compared to county rates of 491.7 per 100,000 people.
Low-income, people of color and LGBTQ+ communities tend to be over-represented in reported cases.
“Cases of chlamydia, gonorrhea and syphilis are all rising and HIV is still a major public health concern with approximately 50,000 residents in the county living with HIV. “
Bell Gardens, CA hosts a number of centers offering STD tests, including Wesley Health Centers at the Bell Gardens Clinic, Northeast Community Clinic
Community Medical Alliance on East Gage Avenue and the East Los Angeles Womens Center is not far away in Los Angeles.
Residents may also want to look into services from AltaMed Health Medical Group at the Pico Rivera Clinic, in Montebello and in Los Angeles, all under five miles from Bell Gardens, CA.
Free STD testing, as well as HIV testing, may be covered under your insurance plan and in some cases could be offered for the uninsured. This could be dependent on income and welfare eligibility, however.