The STD crisis in Los Angeles County has elicited concerns among the health and administrative officials. It’s a health problem that requires immediate prevention strategies.
According to the L.A. County Department of Public Health’s 2016 Annual STD Surveillance Report, chlamydia incidences in the county have increased since 2012, resulting in a total of 58,545 cases from 51,231 occurrences in 2012.
Furthermore, gonorrhea was the second-most prevalent STI. Over the five years, gonorrhea rate had jumped from 120.0 cases per 100,000 population to 216.0. Meanwhile, syphilis cases spiked from 3,213 in 2015 to 3,692 in 2016.
Let’s Stop HIV Together, previously known as Act Against AIDS, is a campaign that aims to create awareness about HIV, testing and treatment options, and the importance of care retention. It also pushes for the stop of HIV stigma by outlining the obligations of every member of the community in accepting the PLWHA.
There are several testing clinics in L.A. that you can consider for STD testing and screenings. The LA County Department of Health operates several STD centers including the one at Est Ave, Antelope Valley; Melrose Ave, Hollywood; W Maple Ave, Monrovia; and N Figueroa St, Central LA.
Furthermore, you can head to the Los Angeles LGBT Center which lies along N Schrader Rd and Santa Monica Blvd. Further, the Planned Parenthood Clinic on So. Broadway is another option.
South El Monte residents can also find health centers within and beyond the town that might offer free STD testing, but most of them may not have walk-in options. You may also be forced to pay to get testing services for particular STDs and you may be patient to wait for your results because they are not released immediately.