Located in the South Bay region of LA County, Gardena has had a steady population increase for the last few decades—matching their increases for sexually transmitted diseases. For 2015, Los Angeles County and the Gardena area show a rate of 171 per 100,000 people fighting gonorrhea and chlamydia rates were at 555 for every 100,000 people. For primary and secondary syphilis, the rate has climbed to 15 per 100,000. While this number may sound low, unfortunately, it is a 30 percent increase from numbers reported in the year 2014.
People of Gardena, don’t despair, there is some good news.
The reported cases for new diagnoses of people living with HIV in the region are continuing to show a steady decline. Medical professionals of the greater Los Angeles area believe this is, in part, due to regular STD screenings, preventive education, and treatment.
If you’re in Gardena, there are a few affordable options for STD/STI testing available to you. Clinics are mostly located along Rosecrans Ave and Wilmington, south of the 105. They include St. John’s Well Child and Family Centers on south San Jose, north Santa Fe, and Wilmington Avenue, Charles R. Drew University / Oasis Clinic, and Martin Luther King, Jr. Center for Public Health. There is a Concentra Urgent Care on Wilmington avenue as well. For free STD testing and other services, keep an eye out on community calendars, or check out local events especially during April, or STD awareness month.
To find the best services and location for you, use our search tools below to compare location features across Gardena clinics with our easy-to-read chart.