La Mirada is a city within Los Angeles county where the prevalence of HIV, gonorrhea, and syphilis is 69.7, 60.6, and 12.1 respectively for every 100,000 people. Although when compared to Los Angeles county at 491.7, 179.5, and 33.3 for HIV, gonorrhea, and syphilis, sexually transmitted diseases still remain a significant public health concern. In Los Angeles county alone, there is an estimated 50,000 people living with HIV.
“More than 300,000 cases of chlamydia, gonorrhea and syphilis were reported in 2017, a 45 percent increase from five years ago, according to data released by the California Department of Public Health.”
The Los Angeles County Health Department has sought to alleviate the problem through programs and initiatives such as social media advocacy, education, distribution of free condoms, and supporting the destigmatization and acceptance of groups that are at high risk. Statistics show these high risk groups include the poor and people-of-color communities.
La Mirada is incorporated into the public health department of Los Angeles County and is managed along with a number of nearby cities under service planning area seven. There are no free std clinics within La Mirada, but there is a public testing center nearby in Whittier with others in Compton and Torrance.
These testing centers may be free, but there are some limitations. The clinics may require an appointment, hours and availability may not be consistent, results may not be available immediately, only some tests are free, or may have inconvenient and limited hours.