Currently, there are nearly 70,000 people living with HIV in Los Angeles County and nearly 2,000 new diagnoses are made each year. The county also experienced 275,000 cases of Chlamydia, Syphilis, and Gonnorhea in 2016.
In Paramount and Los Angeles County, those aged between 15-24 are most likely to contract Chlamydia and Gonnorhea, and African American Women are six times more likely to be diagnosed with Syphilis than white women.
These statistics make Paramount an area where residents are at a higher than average risk of contracting STDs and HIV.
Instances of Chlamydia, Syphilis, Gonnorhea, and HIV are becoming ever-more frequent in Paramount, which has led Health Officials in Los Angeles County to encourage sexually active residents to seek regular STD and HIV tests.
The increase of STD frequency in Paramount and the worrying statistics that indicate high rates within certain demographics have led health officials to introduce initiatives such as free HIV tests and free condoms, and implement educational programs. These programs aim to encourage safe sex and educate residents in Paramount about the dangers of sexually transmitted diseases.
If you are in need of an STD test there are a number of public and private clinics in Paramount to choose from. Some public clinics you can consider are St Johns Well Child and Family Center (Dominguez High School Center), Wesley Health Centers (Bellflower Clinic), and Planned Parenthood Los Angeles (Planned Parenthood Basics Lakewood).
Public clinics often offer free STD testing services but in some cases, these clinics have long waiting times and patients may need to be uninsured to receive state-funded treatment.