Std Testing Los Angeles

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A look at the state of sexual health stats in Los Angeles, California.

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Los
 Angeles
 STD
 Testing
 


 
Over
 the
 last
 50
 years
 there
 has
 been
 a
 steady
 global
 rise
 in
 the
 number
 of
 sexually
 
transmitted
 disease
 infection
 cases.
 
 Some
 scientists
 say
 that
 this
 steady
 rise
 has
 
been
 in
 part
 due
 to
 the
 sexual
 revolution
 of
 the
 60’s;
 others
 posit
 that
 perhaps
 there
 
have
 been
 aggressive
 mutations
 in
 the
 genetic
 structure
 of
 the
 most
 common
 
diseases
 such
 as
 syphilis,
 herpes,
 gonorrhea,
 hiv,
 chlamydia,
 and
 HPV.
 
 Although
 its
 
possible
 that
 both
 of
 these
 explanations
 may
 be
 true,
 the
 only
 thing
 we
 know
 for
 
certain
 is
 that
 now,
 more
 than
 ever,
 we
 should
 be
 increasing
 our
 awareness
 of
 STD
 
testing
 and
 promoting
 sexual
 health
 as
 a
 topic
 of
 great
 importance,
 instead
 of
 
embarrassment.
 
 

 
When
 looking
 at
 the
 data,
 we
 can
 see
 that
 unsurprisingly
 the
 greatest
 increases
 in
 
sexual
 transmission
 of
 diseases
 is
 found
 in
 large
 cities
 and
 metropolitan
 areas.
 
 Los
 
Angeles,
 California,
 is
 one
 of
 the
 largest
 metropolitan
 areas
 in
 the
 United
 States
 and
 
consequently
 has
 been
 dealing
 with
 major
 outbreaks
 of
 STDs
 like
 syphilis,
 
gonorrhea
 and
 chlamydia.
 
 
 

 
In
 the
 80’s
 Los
 Angeles
 was
 facing
 a
 rising
 infection
 rate
 of
 HIV
 among
 its
 African
 
American
 population,
 although
 today
 the
 infection
 rates
 have
 been
 increasing
 less
 
dramatically
 thanks
 to
 an
 increased
 focus
 on
 educating
 the
 residents
 on
 the
 dangers
 
of
 unsafe
 sex,
 as
 well
 as
 the
 consequences
 of
 HIV.
 
 

 
Universities
 in
 the
 area
 like
 Loyola
 Marymount,
 USC,
 and
 University
 of
 California,
 
Los
 Angeles,
 have
 been
 integrating
 sexual
 health
 education
 into
 their
 cirriculums
 in
 
an
 effort
 to
 stem
 the
 spread
 of
 infections
 through
 education
 their
 students.
 
 
Although
 this
 has
 helped
 bring
 the
 rapid
 rates
 of
 disease
 infection
 to
 a
 less
 rapid
 
rate
 of
 infection
 we
 are
 still
 seeing
 an
 average
 increase
 year
 over
 year.
 
 

 
Government
 sponsored
 programs
 to
 reduce
 the
 rate
 of
 STD
 transmission
 have
 
included
 things
 like
 education
 aimed
 at
 drug
 users
 who
 were
 passing
 diseases
 like
 
HIV
 and
 hepatitis
 to
 each
 other
 through
 shared
 use
 of
 intravenous
 needles,
 as
 well
 
as
 giving
 our
 free
 condoms
 at
 local
 Planned
 Parenthood
 offices
 and
 on
 college
 
campuses.
 
 If
 condom
 use
 increased
 a
 substantial
 rate
 in
 the
 Los
 Angeles
 area
 we
 
would
 see
 both
 a
 decrease
 in
 unwanted
 pregnancies
 and
 in
 the
 amount
 of
 sexually
 
transmitted
 disease
 infections
 in
 the
 county.
 
 

 
One
 of
 the
 most
 important
 things
 that
 the
 residents
 of
 the
 city
 can
 do
 to
 take
 their
 
sexual
 health
 seriously
 is
 by
 following
 the
 CDC’s
 advice
 on
 STD
 Testing.
 
 You
 should
 
get
 tested
 after
 every
 sexual
 encounter
 you
 have
 without
 protection;
 you
 should
 get
 
tested
 at
 least
 4
 times
 a
 year;
 and
 you
 should
 get
 tested
 often
 if
 you
 are
 sleeping
 
with
 multiple
 partners.
 
 

 

More
 Info
 on
 testing
 in
 Los
 Angeles
 Found
 at
 http://www.stdawarelosangeles.com
 

 

 

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