The number of persons newly diagnosed with HIV infections fell slightly to 1,731 at a rate of 16.8 in 2017 from the 1,818 cases that were recorded in 2013 at a rate of 18.1.
A trend in the increase of Syphilis infections was observed over the past 5 years. Syphilis infections rose from 4,021 at a rate of 40 in 2013 to 7,547 cases at a rate of 73.5 per 100,000 persons in 2017. The highest Syphilis infections were in the male population with 6,470 cases in 2017.
Gonorrhea infections doubled over the last five years. There were 13,062 Gonorrhoea infections at a rate of 129.9 in the year 2013, which multiplied to a figure of 26,108 at a rate of 254.2 in 2017
The number of Chlamydia infections hiked up to 64,326 at a rate of 626.2 per 100,000 persons in 2017, whereas in 2013, the number of infections had been slightly lower with 50,957 infections at a rate of 506.7.
Healthcare enrolment is among the strategies adopted by the Los Angeles County Department of Health to reduce HIV/STD s infections. Ensuring that both the uninsured and underinsured community members are enrolled in the health coverage program will help address HIV/STD infections at an early stage.
STD/HIV services can be accessed by residents in some of the medical centers in the city such as Planned Parenthood – Whittier Health Center and PIH Health Urgent Care – Hacienda Heights.
You may also consider facilities like Wesley Health Centers – Hacienda Heights or LA County Health Services.
Free STD/HIV testing may be available in some of the facilities, but doctor consultation might be at an extra charge and costs may not always be upfront.