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East Campton Community Health Center at Casa Dominguez
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Tarzana Treatment Centers Long Beach
Long Beach Outpatient Facility
The three most common STDs in Long Beach are chlamydia, gonorrhea, and syphilis. In 2018, the city reported over 6,000 total infections among residents.
In 2018, Long Beach ranked third in the state for the number of chlamydia infections. That year, the Department of Health and Human Services documented 3,974 infections in the city, which corresponds to a rate of 833 per 100,000 people. By comparison, the frequency of infections in Los Angeles County and the state as a whole is 662 and 583, respectively. Females were significantly more likely to contract chlamydia, making up nearly 60% of the total infections in the city, and females aged 20-24 are diagnosed with chlamydia at a frequency of 4,236 per 100,000 persons. However, this infection has increased in prevalence among males, going from a rate of 383 in 2014 to 680 in 2018.
Long Beach ranked second in the state for gonorrhea infections in 2018, which is up from ninth in the state in 2014. Between 2014 and 2018, there was a 154% increase in the number of reported gonorrhea cases in Long Beach, making this the fastest-growing STD in the city. In 2018, it was reported at a frequency of 369 infections per 100,000 people, which is considerably higher than the state rate of 266 and the national rate of 199. The majority of documented infections were among males, with those aged 25-29 being diagnosed at a rate of 1,449. Among females, the rate of infection has remained somewhat consistent, aside from a spike in reported cases in 2017.
The rate of early syphilis infections among Long Beach residents was 72 in 2018, which is considerably higher than the county and statewide rates of 55 and 39. The infection frequency is considerably higher among males, who accounted for 304 of the city’s 343 cases in 2018, and males aged 25-29 were most likely to contract this infection. However, between 2014 and 2018, the number of cases among females increased significantly, going from eight to 39 during this time period. The city also reported late latent syphilis cases at a frequency of 42 in 2018.
The CDC recommends that everyone who is sexually active be tested for HIV at least once during their lifetime and for STDs like chlamydia and gonorrhea on an annual basis or more often, depending on how likely they are to be exposed to these infections. In most cases, STDs don’t cause symptoms, but left untreated, they can cause serious health problems, such as infertility or sterility, certain types of cancers, and a higher vulnerability to HIV. For individuals who don’t have health insurance or don’t feel comfortable talking to their primary care practitioner about STDs, Long Beach has several local clinics and nonprofit organizations that provide free or low-cost STD testing and treatment.
The CARE Center at Dignity Health, which is recognized as an LGBTQ Healthcare Equality Leader, provides comprehensive STD testing, treatment, and prevention, regardless of an individual’s ability to pay. The testing is private and confidential and is administered through throat swabs, urine tests, or finger pricks. In addition to STD testing, the clinic provides infectious disease care, case management, psychiatric care, food and nutrition services, and health benefits enrollment. Appointments are required for services and can be made over the phone.
1043 Elm Avenue, Suite 300
Long Beach, CA 90813
The LGBTQ Center of Long Beach is a local nonprofit organization that provides advocacy, education, services, and programs for people in the LGBTQ community. It offers free STD screening services for chlamydia, gonorrhea, and syphilis. Testing and STD-related exams are given by a nurse practitioner and are available to anyone in need, regardless of sexual orientation or ability to pay. To receive services, individuals must call to schedule an appointment.
2017 East 4th Street
Long Beach, CA 90814
Tarzana Treatment Centers, Inc. is a nonprofit, community-based organization. It has two Long Beach locations that provide a full array of health services, including nutritional counseling, health education, and treatment strategies. Clients can receive comprehensive medical care, along with STD screening services. To schedule an appointment or to learn about the pricing structure, clients can call their nearest clinic.
2101 Magnolia Avenue
Long Beach, CA 90806
Multiple Long Beach locations
The Long Beach Health Center is operated by Planned Parenthood. It offers a variety of health services for men and women, including primary care, access to birth control, and STD testing and treatment. Some STDs that clients receive testing for include chlamydia, gonorrhea, syphilis, herpes, and trichomoniasis. Appointments can be made via the online booking tool or by calling the clinic directly. In some cases, STD screening may be provided through telehealth.
2690 Pacific Avenue, Suite 370
Long Beach, CA 90806
The Long Beach Department of Health and Human Services’ Sexual Health Clinic offers comprehensive sexual health care, including HIV prevention services and STD testing and treatment for infections such as gonorrhea, chlamydia, syphilis, herpes, HPV, and HIV. Testing and treatment services range in price from $25 to $90, and reduced fees are available to those who meet income guidelines. Clients are encouraged to make appointments to ensure service, but walk-in appointments are available on a first-come, first-served basis, depending on provider availability.
2525 Grand Avenue
Long Beach, CA 90815