State records show that Los Angeles County had the third highest gonorrhea rates in the state in 2017. Records show that the county has more than 26,100 reported cases of gonorrhea in 2017, which represents a significant increase from 2016 records of over 22,350 cases.
While the city of Los Angeles accounts for many of these reported cases, smaller communities, such as Rancho Palos Verdes, CA are not immune to the rise in STDs like gonorrhea, chlamydia, and syphilis.
State health records also show a significant jump in the number of chlamydia cases from 2016 to 2017, as these numbers rose from 59,170 reported cases in 2016 to 64,326 reported cases in 2017. Syphilis rates also climbed from 6,236 reported cases (all stages) in 2016 to 7,547 cases in 2017.
Los Angeles County health records show that the HIV rate in 2016 for Rancho Palos Verdes, CA was 52.2 reported cases per 100,000 residents.
There are limited resources in Rancho Palos Verdes, CA for STD testing, but several clinics like FPA Women’s Health in nearby Torrance may offer STD or HIV testing. In addition, there are numerous private doctor offices that might provide HIV or STD testing. Many of these facilities are located on South Weston Avenue, Deep Valley Drive, and Palos Verdes Drive.
You can also take a quick 15-minute drive into Long Beach, where you will find additional medical centers that may provide HIV and STD testing, such as Long Beach Health Center, National Medical Testing Center, Planned Parenthood – Long Beach Health Center, The Center Long Beach, and CARE Program.
Some medical clinics may advertise free STD testing. While testing may be free, some clinics may not have a doctor on staff, and they may not offer after test treatment. In addition, not all STD test may be included in the free services.