Since 1990, when Los Angeles County officials began taking STD records, the rates of infection of sexually transmitted diseases have been rising. Between 2015-’16, the national health professionals recorded the highest numbers of STDs, and Los Angeles County’s statistics are but a mirror of the national STI situation.
In 2016, there was a 4% increase in chlamydia rates after a total of 59, 176 incidences were reported. Most chlamydia cases were reported among individuals of 15-24 years. Up by 27%, new gonorrhea cases had shot to 22,361.
Additionally, testing clinics in the county recorded 4,018 incidences of syphilis. That count had spiked by 27% since 2015.
The County of LA Public Health’s Division of HIV/STD Programs has a mission to reduce the rates of transmission of STDs, especially among teenagers who are at a high risk of contracting STDs. Through its school-based programs, it hopes to create awareness and prevention through training, safer sex kits, and encouraging people to get tested.
You may go to several clinics within LA County for STD care services. For example, the Los Angeles LGBTQ Center WeHo on Santa Monica Blvd may provide STD testing, screening, and treatment, including immunization for Hep and HPV.
Other testing sites include the Planned Parenthood situated along S Broadway, the AIDS Healthcare Foundation Wellness Centers on W Adams Blvd., and East Pacific Coast Hwy; and APLA Health set on Elm Ave in Long Beach.
Other medical clinics may offer free STD testing, although some STD tests option may not be available and some tests might not be free. Also, people will know why you visited a facility.