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Monterey Park, California

Monterey Park, California is a suburb of Los Angeles. Located about 7 miles east of the city, it is home to an especially large Asian American population. According to the 2010 census, almost 50% of the city’s residents are of Chinese descent. Points of interest in Monterey Park, CA include Garvey Ranch Observatory and East Los Angeles College, the city’s largest employer.

STD rates in Los Angeles County are the highest in the state of California. These rates include cases in Monterey Park. The area’s high incidence of STDs makes testing an essential aspect of sexual health. STD testing resources can be found throughout Los Angeles and the wider area.

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STD Statistics In Los Angeles County, CA

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Los Angeles County reported 35,022 cases of Chlamydia in 2015 at a rate of  678.7. The county showed the highest number of cases; however, it did not report the highest rate. Higher Chlamydia rates were found in Sacramento and Santa Barbara counties. 2015 had the highest rates of Chlamydia over the past five years.

Gonorrhea rates in Los Angeles County have risen significantly since 2011. In fact, there rate has almost doubled. In 2011, there were 10,088 reported cases at a rate of 101.9 per 100,000 population. In 2015, the number of cases rose to 17,614 and a rate of 172.8. Los Angeles County accounted for 32% of the statewide cases in 2015.

In 2015, there were 1,587 reported cases of Primary and Secondary Syphilis in Los Angeles at a rate of 15.6 per 100,000 population. The Syphilis rate has consistently increased over the past five years, and 2015 represent a five-year high. Similar to Gonorrhea, Los Angeles County accounted for 32% of the statewide cases in 2015.

Los Angeles County reported 2,035 newly diagnosed cases of HIV in 2014 at a rate of 20.2. The cases in the county represent 40.7% of the state’s cases.

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STD Testing and Sexual Education in Monterey Park, CA

Unlike some states that don’t require sexual education courses, California requires sexual education to be taught in public schools. Sexual education course should be included in public school curriculum, and this information should be reliable and medically accurate. Equipping teens and young adults with this information gives them the ability to make healthy and responsible choices about their bodies.

In California, public schools begin teaching about STDs in the seventh grade. According to the California Education Code, this instruction “shall include how sexually transmitted diseases are and are not transmitted, the effectiveness and safety of all federal Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved methods of reducing the risk of contracting sexually transmitted diseases, and information on local resources for testing and medical care for sexually transmitted diseases.”

Schools in Monterey Park span several school districts including Alhambra Unified School District, Garvey School District, Los Angeles Unified School District, and Montebello Unified School District. College and universities in the area include East Los Angeles College and California State University, Los Angeles. Sexual education resources are available at these schools.

The Los Angeles County Department of Public Health’s Division of HIV and STD Programs also offer sexual education information to the public. Public health professionals can offer information and counseling services.

Sexually Transmitted Diseases and Demographics in Monterey Park, CA

Demographics play a role in the spread of STDs in local communities. Monterey Park is a predominantly Asian community. The racial makeup is 66.9% Asian, 0.05% Pacific Islander and 19.4% White (5.0% Non-Hispanic White) and 10% Other Race. 31.6% of households had children under the age of 18 living in them.

Chlamydia rates in Los Angeles County were highest among teens and young adults. The 20-24 age bracket showed the highest number of cases in 2015.  Chlamydia rates were high among females than they were among males. In 2015, there were 35,022 reported cases among females at a rate of 678.7 per 100,000 population.  21,988 cases were reported among males at a rate of 437.0.

There were 17,614 cases of Gonorrhea reported in Los Angeles County in 2015. Rates were highest in the 20-24 and 25-29 age brackets. The Chlamydia rate was especially high among African American teens. More cases were shown among males than females. The Chlamydia rate among males was more than double the rate for females.

The majority of Primary and Secondary Syphilis cases were reported among males. In fact, 95% of the cases in Los Angeles County are male cases (1,495 cases in total). Similar to nationwide trends, rates were highest among teen and young adults, especially among the African American population.

The HIV rate in California was highest among individuals aged 25-29 in 2014. Hispanics showed the highest rates with 44% of California’s total cases, followed by Whites with 29% of the total cases. Most cases were reported among men (87%).

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STI Testing Resources in Monterey Park, CA

Los Angeles County has a robust public health operation aimed at combating the spread of STDs. There are many resources in the Monterey Park area available for STD testing and treatment. Various nonprofits and community health centers exist for this reason. These facilities include the Chinatown Service Center and Via Car Community Health Center.

The Los Angeles County Public Health Department’s Division of HIV and STD operates free STD clinics throughout Los Angeles. The nearest facility is the Whitter Health Center. It is located at 7643 S. Painter Avenue Whitter. The clinic is open Monday, Tuesday and Thursday. Patients are seen by appointment only.

The Chinatown Service Center is a private, non-profit organization the serves immigrants, refugees, and others in need of social services. The San Gabriel Valley Community Health Center is located near Monterey Park. Hepatitis B Vaccine, Chlamydia Test, Conventional HIV Blood Test, Syphilis Test, Gonorrhea Test, Hepatitis A Vaccine are available here. The clinic is located at 320 S. Garfield Ave, Suite 202 in Alhambra, CA.

The nearest Planned Parenthood location is the Alhambra Health Center. Chlamydia Test, HPV Vaccine, Rapid HIV Blood Test, Syphilis Test, Gonorrhea Test and Herpes Test are available here. The health clinic is open from Monday to Saturday. It is located at 320 S Garfield Ave, Ste 300 in Alhambra, CA (in the same building as the Chinatown Service Center).

Via Care Community Health Center is another reliable location for STD testing. Hepatitis B Vaccine, Conventional HIV Blood Test, Hepatitis A Vaccine and Hepatitis C Test are available here. Payment plans and affordable prices are available for those without insurance.

Better Sexual Health in Monterey Park, CA

Each year, thousands of people in Los Angeles County are infected by STDs and HIV. Monterey Park is located in Los Angeles County, and the city’s cases are included in these statistics. The Los Angeles area makes up a good amount of California’s total cases.

Many factors affect the spread of STDs. Unsafe sex, for example, can lead to these higher rates of STDs. It’s clear that regular testing can help prevent the spread of STDs. Los Angeles has many resources for STD testing that you should take advantage of.

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Los Angeles County STD Clinic

Chinatown Service Center

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