Sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) like gonorrhea, chlamydia, and primary syphilis have been on the rise among L. A’s South Bay cities. The rising rates of transmissions are attributed to the continued practice of unprotected and the improved electronic reporting of new incidences by health facilities.
According to a 2014 CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) report, Los Angeles County recorded a 27% increase in rates of gonorrhea, 16% rise in syphilis cases, and 4% spike in chlamydia cases.
The South Bay Cities, CA have some of the highest HIV rates in L. A, contributing to the 1,820 new HIV diagnoses reported in the county in 2014. County officials say the increase is owed to increased use of emergency pills, including nPEP and PEP drugs that compel people not to use condoms.
On a rather worrying note, the CDC also confirmed that transmission rates of congenital syphilis shot by 62%.
STD testing, use of condoms, and non-penetrative sexual escapades are deemed as practical means of preventing HIV and STDs. L.A County Health has over 14 medical clinics that may provide free STD testing on chlamydia, gonorrhea, syphilis, including the RAPID HIV test. However, you’ll have to experience inconvenient visit hours.
Other public health centers include LGBTQ clinics that offer sexual health services to the LGBTQ community. You may also visit non-profitable clinics and urgent care centers that may provide walk-in options and extensive HIV/ STD testing services.
If you’re not in a hurry for the test result, you can visit the local medical labs which may offer the results with a 3-day timeframe.