Los Angeles County is a densely populated area. Southern California is a fast-paced, fun place to live, and Whittier is no exception. With the growing population, Whittier has seen an increase in syphilis cases over the last decade.
After a few years of reported decreases, gonorrhea and chlamydia are also now on the rise. County officials state that the best way to stay on top of your health, other than using protection, is to get regular screening for STDs.
For 2015, Los Angeles County and the Whittier area show a rate of 171 per 100,000 people infected by gonorrhea. The same year, the chlamydia rates were at 555 for every 100,000 people. For primary and secondary syphilis, the rate has climbed to 15 per 100,000. This may sound low, but it is a 30 percent increase from numbers reported in 2014.
The reported cases for the new diagnoses of people living with HIV in LA County are continuing to show a steady decrease. Medical professionals believe this is thanks to regular health screenings, prevention education, and treatment.
If you’re in the Whittier area, there are a few options available to you. Planned Parenthood on Greenleaf avenue has you covered for the following STI tests: chlamydia, bacterial vaginosis (BV), genital warts, gonorrhea, HIV, syphilis, herpes, and more. If you’re uninsured you may qualify for financial assistance, give them a call to confidentially discuss your eligibility. For free testing, keep an eye out on community calendars, or check out local events at Whittier College especially during STD awareness month in April.
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