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San Pedro is a community within the city of Los Angeles in Los Angeles County, where barriers in health equity and methamphetamine use contribute to the county’s increasing STD burden. The LAC Department of Public Health reported over 96,000 total cases of STDs in 2018, including 66% chlamydia, 26% gonorrhea, and 8% syphilis infections.
Chlamydia diagnoses in LA County increased by almost 6% in 2018 after growing over 8% in 2017. Of the 2018 chlamydia cases, 58% were among females, leaving about 42% among men. The 15 to 24 age group accounted for the largest portion of chlamydia infections, especially among women. Nearly 59% of female cases were within this age range compared to about 34% of male infections.
LA County’s documented gonorrhea infections increased only 5% in 2018 after increasing nearly 17% in 2017. Gonorrhea tests have shown much higher numbers among men than women in LA County. Male cases comprised about 71% of the total in 2018 compared to about 29% in female cases. Although the 15 to 24 age group continued to have the highest case count compared to other age ranges, infection rates dropped for both sexes in 2018. Females in this age range saw a nearly 3% drop, and the decrease among males was slightly over 3%.
Despite a much lower number of primary and secondary syphilis cases compared to chlamydia and gonorrhea, P&S syphilis infections in LA County have increased at a higher rate. Between 2014 and 2018, chlamydia cases increased 25% and gonorrhea cases increased almost 81%, but P&S syphilis cases nearly doubled with an increase of 98%. P&S syphilis diagnoses were much higher among males than females in LA County. In 2018, male cases made up 90% of the total, with only about 10% among females, but infections among women are increasing faster. From 2014 to 2018, P&S syphilis diagnoses among women increased nearly 352% compared to an 86.5% increase among men.
An STD infection doesn’t always produce noticeable symptoms, but you can still pass it to others, and an undiagnosed STD puts you at risk of developing serious, potentially life-altering health issues. You’ll find several resources in San Pedro and throughout LA County that offer free or low-cost testing and treatment for the most common STDs.
Sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) remain one of the most critical public health challenges facing the United States, with approximately 26 million new STD infections occurring every year. Nearly half of these new infections affect young people ages 15 to 24.
Community-based organizations are a vital first line of defense in the fight against STDs and HIV/AIDS in particular. They generate awareness and foster social change while providing access to testing and treatment.
You may not be aware of all the STD resources available in San Pedro that can help prevent the spread of STDs. Get connected with these community organizations that are leading the fight against STDs and HIV/AIDS with resources and support:
Harbor Community Health Centers provide low- and no-cost health services to low-income/uninsured residents in San Pedro and the surrounding Los Angeles and South Bay areas. Services include screening and treatment for chlamydia, HIV, gonorrhea, and syphilis. It accepts Medicaid and private insurance and provides a sliding fee scale if you qualify. Services are available in English and Spanish and by appointment only. Center hours are Monday through Thursday from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Fridays from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
593 West 6th Street
San Pedro, CA 90731
Multiple San Pedro locations
LA County Public Health STD clinics provide free, confidential STD screening and treatment for chlamydia, gonorrhea, syphilis, HIV, and hepatitis C. Although no fees are charged, let the staff know if you’d like your insurance to be billed. STD clinics have a limited number of walk-in appointments available on the same day, so you should arrive as early as possible to improve your odds of securing a slot. PrEP services are available by appointment only. Clinic hours vary.
241 North Figueroa Street
Los Angeles, CA 90038
Multiple Los Angeles locations
The Long Beach DHHS Sexual Health Clinic provides testing and treatment for HIV, gonorrhea, chlamydia, herpes, syphilis, HPV, genital warts, and trichomoniasis. Sexual health services are available Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. to anyone aged 12 and older without parental consent. Service costs range from $25 to $90, but you may qualify for a sliding fee scale. The clinic also accepts private insurance, Medicare, and Medi-Cal. Appointments are encouraged, but you may receive walk-in services subject to provider availability.
2525 Grand Avenue
Long Beach, CA 90815
The Los Angeles LGBT Center offers free rapid testing for HIV with results in less than a minute. The Center also provides free gonorrhea, chlamydia, and syphilis testing with results in a week. If you test positive for HIV or any other STD, you can receive immediate treatment at the Center. If possible, call to schedule an appointment before coming. The Center’s hours of operation are Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.
2313 West Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA 90008
Multiple Los Angeles locations
The LGBTQ Center Long Beach supplies free, confidential HIV tests and free STD screenings for chlamydia, gonorrhea, and syphilis. The Center offers one-on-one counseling, and you can schedule an STD-related telehealth exam with a nurse practitioner for chlamydia, gonorrhea, and syphilis. STD services are available to anyone in need. HIV testing is open Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., and STD screening is available Tuesday through Thursday from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. by appointment only.
2017 East 4th Street
Long Beach, CA 90814
Planned Parenthood provides testing and treatment for chlamydia, syphilis, gonorrhea, bacterial vaginosis, genital warts, herpes, and trichomoniasis. It also offers HIV testing, hepatitis B vaccines, and condoms. You may qualify for a sliding fee scale and won’t be turned away if you can’t pay. Services are available in English and Spanish on Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Fridays from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Thursdays from 5:45 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., and Saturdays from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Walk-in hours aren’t available on Thursdays.
2690 Pacific Avenue, Suite 370
Long Beach, CA 90806