Lake Los Angeles is a community in Los Angeles County fighting an STD outbreak. All sexually transmitted infection types, including chlamydia, gonorrhea, and syphilis, are going up.
Chlamydia infections are rising quickly. In 2014, the area reported 33,729 new diagnoses, and in 2018 the county listed an overwhelming 39,478 new cases.
Gonorrhea cases are a concern for health officials. The county listed 15,132 in 2014. In 2018, the number nearly doubled to 27,333 new infections.
Syphilis cases are going up fast. In 2014, the area had 1,193 primary and secondary syphilis diagnoses, and in 2018 it had 2,363.
The Los Angeles County Health Department is concerned about the increase in STD infections in the area. To reduce these numbers, they’re asking all sexually active people to get tested regularly for STDs and keep their loved ones safe.
Several locations in Los Angeles County provide comprehensive STD testing. Many sites include treatment and after-care services.
The Bartz-Altadonna Community Health Center at the Palmdale Clinic on E. Palmdale Blvd. in Palmdale offers screenings.
Another option is the Planned Parenthood Los Angeles at the Antelope Valley Health Center on E. Palmdale Blvd.
Testing is available at the Tarzana Treatment Centers Incorporated Palmdale Office on E. Palmdale Blvd.
Patients can also go to the San Bernardino County Department of Public Health Adelanto Health Center on Bartlett Ave. in Adelanto.
Some facilities offer free STD testing. These sites might require proof of income. Additionally, appointment times could only be once or twice a month. Low-cost clinics might get you results faster.