Sexually transmitted infections rising in Long Beach – KABC-TV

LONG BEACH, Calif. (KABC)– In two weeks, Long Beach will have an AIDS walk on Nov. 14. The objective is to raise cash so that numerous centers and health centers can help offer complimentary HIV, STD and STI testing.This is essential to the Long Beach neighborhood because data reveal that there is a boost in sexually transferred infections, or STIs.Long Beach has historically had a few of the greatest rates of HIV and sexually transferred infections in California.The Long Beach Department of Health and Human Services puts out a monitoring report every year with data.The last report was for 2019, however came out June of 2021 because authorities were focused on the pandemic.” We saw in 2019, boosts of syphilis and stable but high rates of chlamydia and gonorrhea,” said Emily Johnson, HIV and STI surveillance program expert for the Long Beach Department of Health and Human Services.From 2015 to 2019 in Long Beach, chlamydia increased by 12%, gonorrhea by 59%, and genetic syphilis by 613%. When a mom with syphilis passes the infection on to her child throughout pregnancy.Johnson states ladies of color are being affected by syphilis more recently, congenital syphilis is.” From what we speak with our clients when we interview them, theres an absence of healthcare access around these women in the neighborhood. Theres a lack of transportation, people might not have the ability to take some time off of work and theres also a history of medical mistrust, which I think is our task as healthcare suppliers to type of take on those barriers,” stated Johnson.STIs can increase your threat of ending up being infected with HIV.Anyone is susceptible to STIs, and resources are offered if you need them.” Theres been a lot of people being available in without insurance coverage because of losing their jobs, so we are among the couple of centers that offer free screening in addition to complimentary treatment,” said Jess Nuñez, who works at the LGBTQ Center in Long Beach.STI, STD and HIV information can be discovered on the longbeach.gov website. The 2020 annual report for long beach remains in the works.Follow Jaysha on social media: Facebook.com/ ABC7JayshaTwitter.com/ abc7jayshaInstagram.com/ abc7jaysha.
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