What are the STI test options in Long Beach,CA?
Long Beach is in the midst of an STD epidemic, with the second-highest rates of gonorrhea and chlamydia in California.
Health officials blame a number of factors, such as lack of funding for educational programs, the ease of finding sex partners online, and condom fatigue.
In 2017, the syphilis rate was 31.1 per 100K people. Even worse, the congenital syphilis rate was 67.7 per 100K live births. 101 people were diagnosed with HIV, and 37 people died from it. The HIV rate is going down, probably because doctors have been prescribing PrEP to at-risk individuals.
Long Beach, as well as the surrounding areas, has plenty of clinics, including some focused on the LGBTQ community and some public clinics that offer free STD testing. Keep in mind that the long wait times common to public clinics increase the likelihood that someone will see you there, so you might look at other options if that bothers you.
The Center, located on 4th St, provides STD testing, (it’s on a first-come, first-serve basis). FPA Women’s Health, on Long Beach Blvd, and Planned Parenthood, on Pacific Ave, also provide screening.
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- Please contact the individual public clinic to confirm pricing. Test pricing at public clinics many times depend on income and welfare eligibility.