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Alex Medina
Director of Communications
April 3, 2017

APLA Health Reminds You: April Is STD Awareness Month!

With rates of STDs in L.A. County among the highest in the state, particularly among young gay and bisexual men, we remind everyone who is sexually active to get screened and treated!

In observance of April being STD Awareness Month, APLA Health reminds everyone who is sexually active to make STD screening and HIV testing a regular part of their health routine. In addition, we encourage open communication between partners about their sexual health and remind you to use condoms, PrEP, and other prevention tools.

According to recent studies, the two groups most impacted by STDs in Los Angeles County are young men—particularly men who have sex with men (MSM)—and women of color. In addition, Los Angeles County has some of the highest STD rates in the state. From 2011 to 2015, reported cases of gonorrhea were up 75%; syphilis jumped by 80%; and chlamydia increased by 14%, according to figures from the California Department of Public Health. Young sexually active MSM should also get vaccinated against hepatitis A and B, as well as meningitis.

“STD prevention and treatment are crucial, especially right now with rates rising so quickly,” APLA Health Director of Prevention Services Terry Smith says. “Untreated STDs can lead to more serious health complications, so prevention, regular testing, treatment, and communication all empower individuals to take control of their sexual health.”

APLA Health offers free STD screening and treatment, free condoms, and free HIV testing—as well as assistance with accessing PrEP, medical care services, and more—at two locations in L.A. County:

Gleicher/Chen Health Center (in Baldwin Hills)
3743 S. La Brea Ave.
323.329.9900 (for info and appointments)
Open: Mon.-Fri.

Long Beach Health Center
1043 Elm Ave., Suite 302 (on the St. Mary Medical Center campus)
562.247.7740 (for info and appointments)
Open: Tue.-Fri.

Visit for more information and to learn more and to view our STD fact sheet.


APLA Health’s mission is to achieve health care equity and promote well-being for the LGBT and other underserved communities and people living with and affected by HIV. We are a nonprofit, federally qualified health center serving more than 14,000 people annually. We provide 20 different services from 14 locations throughout Los Angeles County, including: medical, dental, and behavioral health care; PrEP counseling and management; health education and HIV prevention; and STD screening and treatment. For people living with HIV, we offer housing support; benefits counseling; home health care; and the Vance North Necessities of Life Program food pantries; among several other critically needed services. Additionally, we are leaders in advocating for policy and legislation that positively impacts the LGBT and HIV communities, provide capacity-building assistance to health departments across the country, and conduct community-based research on issues affecting the communities we serve. For more information, please visit us at