As part of the Los Angeles metropolitan area, Lancaster shares that city’s STD problems to some extent. In 2015, there were 48,170 people with HIV or AIDS living in Los Angeles County, with a prevalence rate of 568 per 100K people, well above California’s rate of 376.
In 2017, Los Angeles County had 64,326 chlamydia cases, at a rate of 626.2 per 100K people, also above California’s rate of 552.2. The gonorrhea and (primary and secondary) syphilis rates were 254.2 and 19.5.
But if California’s STD rates are high, they are also doing a lot to raise awareness about the issue. Medically accurate, age-appropriate comprehensive sex education is required in schools, and billboards urge people to get tested for STIs.
Health officials say that the biggest problem is that many people who have STIs do not know they are infected, especially if poverty prevents them from seeking health care. However, most places have free STI testing available if you know where to find it and if you ask for it, even if it’s not advertised.
Lancaster has some STD-testing clinics, and there are even more options in the surrounding areas. At least one option provides free STD testing to those who can prove their inability to pay. The Bartz-Altadonna Community Health Center, on Gingham Ave, provides testing and treatment for HIV and hep C.
First Health Medical Clinic offers STI testing and treatment in their Family Planning Center on E Ave K. Antelope Valley Health Center, also on E Ave K, also offers STD testing.