HIV cases reported in La Palma, CA, were 6,860 at a rate of 263 in 2017, which was higher than the 6,175 cases reported in 2018 at a rate of 233.
Gonorrhea was also observed in the city as 1,137 people were diagnosed in 2010 at a rate of 35.7, which increased almost three times with 3,068 cases at a rate of 96.4 reported in 2016.
Chlamydia had a common occurrence in the county as 8,063 cases were reported in 2010 at a rate of 253.4. By the end of 2016, the infections had hit a high of 12,864 at a rate of 404.4.
Women were mostly diagnosed with Chlamydia compared to men as 8,274 cases at a rate of 516 were reported in women more than the 4,570 cases for men at a rate of 289.6 in 2016
Primary and Secondary Syphilis was also prevalent with 75 cases at a rate of 2.4 in 2010 and was four times higher in 2016, with 312 infections at a rate of 9.8.
To reduce the infection rate of the STIs, the Orange County Health Department provides mobile HIV/STD testing units and centers to ensure individuals living in remote areas have access to STD/HIV services. It also promotes the availability of school-based clinics in school districts and colleges to increase easier access to screening and treatment for all at-risk populations.
La Palma, CA, has a wide range of medical centers offering free STD testing services. But, you may be required to call to schedule an appointment for HIV/STD testing as a walk-in option might not exist. Also, for the free tests, doctor consultation might not be available.
Some of the healthcare providers where residents may receive sexual health services include Planned Parenthood – Lakewood Health Center, Concentra Urgent Care, Kaiser Permanente La Palma Medical Offices, and Joshua Medical Center.