Pomona is located in Los Angeles County, which is known for its high STD rates. The rates are probably higher in Los Angeles itself than in Pomona. In 2015, there were 48,170 people living with HIV or AIDS in Los Angeles County, with a prevalence rate of 568 per 100K people, well above California’s average rate of 376.
Health officials are worried that there are more people out there who are HIV-positive and don’t know it yet. It’s essential for all sexually active people to use protection every time and get tested often, even if they are not experiencing symptoms. Treatment is available for those who turn out to be HIV-positive.
In 2016, 64,326 people in Los Angeles County were diagnosed with chlamydia, at a rate of 626.2 per 100K people, in comparison with California’s rate of 552.2. The gonorrhea and (primary and secondary) syphilis rates were 254.2 and 19.5.
There are nonprofits in the area that provide free STD testing, but only for HIV. The Pomona Health Center offers STI testing in its clinic on Park Ave, but you will probably need to call for an appointment. Planned Parenthood is located on Garey Ave. They test for STIs and treat all except HIV, and the fee is on a sliding scale.