Los Angeles County is a densely populated area. Southern California is a fast-paced, fun place to live, and El Monte is no exception. With the growing population, El Monte has seen an increase in syphilis cases over the last decade. After a few years of reported decreases, gonorrhea and chlamydia are also now on the rise. County officials state that the best way to stay on top of your health, other than using protection, is to get regular screening for STDs.
For 2015, Los Angeles County and the El Monte area showed 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 sounds low, but it is a 30 percent increase from numbers reported in 2014.
The reported cases for new diagnosis of people living with HIV in LA County are continuing to show a steady decrease. Medical professionals believe this is thanks to regular health screenings, prevention education, and treatment.
If you’re in the El Monte area, there are a few options available to you. Planned Parenthood on North Peck road has you covered for the following STI tests: chlamydia, BV, genital warts, gonorrhea, HIV, syphilis, herpes, and more. If you’re uninsured you may qualify for financial assistance, give them a call to confidentially discuss your eligibility. While free testing is not being offered at this time, AHF Healthcare Center on Santa Anita avenue is a good go-to for any and all HIV support and education.
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