What are the STI test options in Palmdale,CA?
Los Angeles County is a densely populated area. Southern California is a fast-paced, fun place to live, and Palmdale is no exception. With the growing population, Palmdale has seen an increase in syphilis cases over the last decade. After a few years of reported decreases, gonorrhea and chlamydia are also now on the rise. County officials state that the best way to stay on top of your health, other than using protection, is to get regular screening for STDs.
For 2015, Los Angeles County and the Palmdale area show a rate of 171 per 100,000 people infected by gonorrhea. The same year, the chlamydia rates were at 555 for every 100,000 people. For primary and secondary syphilis the rate has climbed to 15 per 100,000. This may sounds low, but it is a 30 percent increase from numbers reported in 2014.
The reported cases for new diagnosis of people living with HIV in LA County are continuing to show a steady decrease. Medical professionals believe this is thanks to regular health screenings, prevention education, and treatment.
If you’re in the Palmdale area, there are a few options available to you. Planned Parenthood- Antelope Valley Health Center on West Palmdale Boulevard has you covered for the following STI tests: chlamydia, BV, genital warts, gonorrhea, HIV, syphilis, herpes, and more. If you’re uninsured you may qualify for financial assistance, give them a call to confidentially discuss your eligibility. For free testing, keep an eye out on community calendars, or check out local events at Antelope Valley College especially during STD awareness month in April.
To find the best services and location for you, use our search tools below to compare location features across Palmdale clinics with our easy-to-read chart.