Walnut, CA, a city in eastern Los Angeles County, didn’t escape the STD outbreak that the rest of the state is experiencing. The area’s number of new gonorrhea cases was 13,062 and by 2017, that number doubled to 26,108. Four of the county’s cities had the highest new rates of infection in the state for 2017.
The number of new chlamydia diagnoses is even higher than gonorrhea with 32,842 new infections jumping to 37,733 new cases. The majority of new diagnoses were in men for 2017.
Primary and secondary syphilis infections are also up with 1,109 new cases in 2013, rising to nearly 2,000 in 2017. The majority of syphilis infections are in men.
State and county officials in LA are concerned about the record-high number of STI diagnoses. According to experts, these trends are on the rise because many sexually active persons lack primary education about STDs and HIV risks and hope to improve awareness and testing throughout the area’s communities.
There are many locations in and near Walnut that provide comprehensive STD testing along with treatment and follow-up services.
The East Valley Community Health Center operates the West Covina Clinic on S Glendora Ave West, one block from E. Walnut Creek Pkwy. AltaMed Medical Group offers services as their facility on Sunset Ave West in Corvina. Off-street parking is accessible in the back.
Some sites might provide free STD testing. These clinics require proof of income and appointments may only be available during walk-in hours with no guarantee of being seen.