Los Angeles County is known for being a hot spot for STDs. In 2015, there were 48,170 people living with HIV or AIDS in Los Angeles County, with a prevalence rate of 568 per 100K people, well above California’s average rate of 376.
But health officials are most concerned that there are still people out there who don’t know they are infected, and they could be spreading the virus to others. If you turn out to be HIV-positive, there is treatment available.
In 2016, 64,326 people in Los Angeles County were diagnosed with chlamydia, at a rate of 626.2 per 100K people, in comparison with California’s rate of 552.2.
The gonorrhea and (primary and secondary) syphilis rates were 254.2 and 19.5. Health officials urge all sexually active people to use protection every time and get tested often, even if they are not experiencing symptoms.
You can be tested for STDs at the Curtis R. Tucker Health Center on Manchester Blvd. The South Bay Family Health Care provides HIV screening. And there are even more options available, including free STD testing, in the surrounding areas, especially as you get into Los Angeles itself.