Los Angeles County is known for high STD rates. In 2015, there were 48,170 people living with HIV or AIDS in Los Angeles County, with a prevalence rate of 568 per 100K people, well above California’s average rate of 376.
In 2016, 64,326 people in Los Angeles County were diagnosed with chlamydia, at a rate of 626.2 per 100K people, in comparison with California’s rate of 552.2. The gonorrhea and (primary and secondary) syphilis rates were 254.2 and 19.5.
Health officials are worried about the people still out there who haven’t been tested and don’t know they have an STI. Most STIs are asymptomatic in the early stages, but they can go on to do major, irreparable damage if left untreated. The only way to know your sexual health status for sure is to be tested regularly. And you should always use protection.
You can be screened for STIs at the Torrance Health Center on Del Amo Blvd or FPA Women’s Health on Lomita Blvd. The South Bay Family Healthcare Center on Hawthorne Blvd performs HIV testing, and they do confidential STD testing for teens.
Planned Parenthood is on the same street. They test for STIs and treat all except HIV, and the fee is on a sliding scale. Keep an eye on the community calendar, especially during STD Awareness Month. You may be able to find free STD testing events.