Los Angeles County is a densely populated area. Southern California is a roller-coaster of culture, aesthetic, and opportunity, and Downey has always been a trendsetter in each. Home to a technological revolution in the space race, and strategically located on the Alameda Corridor near the center of LA County. Downey has it all. And, when it comes to sexually transmitted diseases, possibly even a bit too much.
For 2015, Los Angeles County, including the Downey area, show a rate of 171 per 100,000 people infected by gonorrhea. The same year, the chlamydia rates were at 555 for every 100,000 people. For primary and secondary syphilis the rate has climbed to 15 per 100,000. This may not sound like much, but it is a 30 percent increase from numbers reported in 2014.
With more than 10 million people in Los Angeles County, that makes for more than 1,500 new cases of syphilis per year.
The reported cases for new diagnosis of people living with HIV in LA County are continuing to show a steady decrease. Medical professionals in Downey believe this is thanks to regular health screenings, prevention education, and treatment.
If you’re in the Downey area, there are a few options available to you. Along Rosecrans Ave and on Firestone off Lakewood. They include the JWCH institute, FPA Women’s Health, and many more just outside Downey. One is sure to be near you. For free STD testing, keep an eye out on community calendars, or check out local events especially during STD awareness month in April.
To find the best services and location for you, use our search tools below to compare location features across Downey clinics with our easy-to-read chart.