A rising trend of STDs has been observed both nationally and in Pico Rivera City, Los Angeles over the years.
There has been a 13 percent increase in Chlamydia infections from 2011 to 2015. In the year 2015, the number of cases reported hit a record high of 56,565 with a rate of 555 per 100,000 persons.
A total of 17,442 cases of Gonorrhoea were reported in 2015, which was a 74 percent increase in the reported cases from the years 2011. From 2005 to 2008, Gonorrhea cases had started to decline in the county but started rising again in 2013.
Despite having the lowest infection rates among the population, Syphilis rates have been rising steadily for over a decade. In 2015 alone, a total of 5,050 cases were reported, which was a 30 percent increase from 2014.
The County Department of Health is working closely with the local community health providers to help affected groups access testing and treatment services. It is also persuading local businesses as well as faith-based institutions to support the county’s effort of reducing the number of infections.
There are multiple health facilities that provide STD testing services in Pico Rivera.
For instance, residents can visit medical centers such as the Pico Rivera Healthcare Center as well as the Los Angeles County Department of Health Services to have their sexual health status checked.
STD screening, free testing, and treatment services are available in many clinics but most require the patient to have health care coverage