What are the STI test options in Santa Monica,CA?
Los Angeles County has seen an increase in all STDs in recent years. In SPA 5 (Beverly Hills, Brentwood, Culver City, Malibu, Pacific Palisades, Playa del Rey, Santa Monica, and Venice), the rates are lower than in the rest of Los Angeles County, but they are still too high.
In 2013, 51 people were diagnosed with HIV. The chlamydia and gonorrhea rates fell at 316.5 and 90.6 per 100K people. Syphilis had a rate of 21.8 in Santa Monica in 2016, and 37 babies were born with the disease in Los Angeles County that year.
Public health officials are striving for better sex education for youth, and centers are distributing condoms. Some organizations may even offer free STD testing events during STD Awareness Month. Many doctors are also prescribing PrEP to those who are at risk of catching HIV.
You can find a STD-testing clinic near you in Santa Monica and, if you can travel, there are even more options in the surrounding area.
Planned Parenthood, on 3rd Street Promenade, and Santa Monica Urgent Care, on Colorado Ave, both provide convenient STI testing. The Westside Family Health Center offers testing and treatment of most STIs, as well as counseling. You can find them on Ocean Park Blvd.
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- Please contact the individual public clinic to confirm pricing. Test pricing at public clinics many times depend on income and welfare eligibility.