Willowbrook, CA, a is under threat from rapidly rising STD diagnoses. The community in Los Angeles County borders the areas of Athens, Rosewood, the Nickerson Gardens, Imperial Courts, Manchester Square, and it’s located a few blocks from Compton.
Between 2013 and 2017 the number of new chlamydia diagnoses went from 50,957 to 64,326. Syphilis cases are also increasing. In 2013, there were 1,109 new infections and in 2017, the county reported 1,198. 1,844 of the 1,998 new cases were diagnosed in men. Also in 2017, the city of Los Angeles had the fifth highest rate of new early syphilis infections in the state.
Community leaders in Los Angeles County are working to educate the younger population about the dangers of STDs including syphilis, which can cause pregnant women to miscarry and permanent disabilities in babies born with the infection. In 2017, the county saw nearly 50 newborns with syphilis.
There are several dozen locations in and near Willowbrook that offer STD testing, treatment, and follow-up care. One option is the Oasis Clinic at the Charles R Drew University of Medicine and Science on E 120th St. The center is accessible by public transportation.
Another choice is the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health on the corner of Wilmington Ave and E 120th St in the Martin Luther King Jr. Center for Public Health.
While you can find free STD testing sites, they will need proof of income. Keep in mind these clinics may not have convenient appointments and walk-in services may have a long wait.