South Pasadena, CA, a city in Los Angeles County, is in the middle of an STD crisis that isn’t slowing down.
In 2013, Pasadena reported 350 new chlamydia infections, and by 2017, the city had 649.
Also in 2013, it had 48 new gonorrhea cases, and in 2017, the number of new infections skyrocketed to 222.
Primary and secondary syphilis is on the rise with two new diagnoses in 2013 jumping to 19 in 2017. The number of early syphilis diagnoses also went from 12 in 2013 to 36 in 2017.
California state and local officials are concerned about the growing STD rate throughout the area and are urging everyone to seek regular STD testing in their communities and treatment to stop the spread of these infections.
There are dozens of locations in South Pasadena that provide comprehensive STD testing. Many of them include preventive information, treatment, and follow-up care.
One option is the Modern Concept Medical Group on Bellefontaine St in Pasadena. This clinic has off-street parking and an on-site pharmacy.
Another location is the Chinatown Service Center at the San Gabriel Valley Community Health Center on S Garfield Ave in Alhambra. Planned Parenthood of Pasadena and San Gabriel Valley is located next door to this clinic and also provides STD testing for men and women.
Some places may offer free STD testing for some STIs, but most aren’t comprehensive. These sites might want proof of income for any free services, and patients could experience long wait times and hidden fees for treatment.