Pasadena is a suburb of Los Angeles, which is an STD hot spot. In 2016, Los Angeles County’s HIV prevalence rate was 565.2 per 100K people. In 2017, 649 people in Pasadena were diagnosed with chlamydia, at a rate of 450.9, lower than California’s rate of 552.2. Pasadena’s gonorrhea and (primary and secondary) syphilis rates that year were 154.2 and 13.2.
Compared to other places in the US, California has a progressive STD prevention program, including sex education in schools and billboards urging people to be tested. But health officials want to see the STD rates go down, and they would like to see primary care physicians testing patients regularly and asking them questions about their sexual health, especially since there have been budget cuts to public health.
Most STDs are asymptomatic in their early stages, which is why regular testing is essential.
Pasadena has some STD-testing clinics, and there are even more options in the surrounding areas. UrgentMED on Lake Ave provides confidential STI testing, as does Advanced Urgent Care of Pasadena on Arroyo Pkwy. Some organizations focused on the LGBTQ community provide free STD testing, but only for HIV.