STI's: Sexually Transmitted Infections

Expedited Partner Therapy
for the treatment and prevention of STDs

Sexually Transmitted Infections (STIs) are on the rise in LA despite all efforts to increase the availability of condoms and perform screening among high risk populations. At the EMERGE Lab, we're collecting data on the prevalence and treatment of STIs like chlamydia, gonorrhea, and trichomonas across the LA County Hospital system. Treating STIs is complex, with many potential factors affecting its quality. We examine the factors associated with treatment, with specific attention to the provision of Expedited Partner Therapy (EPT) by doctors. Expedited Partner Therapy is the provision of a prescription or medication to a patient's sexual partner without the requirement of seeing the partner in the office. EPT has potential to impact rates of reinfection, but needs to be implemented well first.

Find a free STD clinic for testing and care

Find a free STD clinic in LA County for screening and treatment:

http://publichealth.lacounty.gov/dhsp/STDClinics.htm

 

If you don’t live in LA County or would prefer to search for clinics by zip code, check out this resource:

https://www.dontthinkknow.org/find-a-clinic.html

 

Contact the STD hotline

  • If you would prefer to talk to someone over the phone about STD testing options or if you have questions about STDs in general, call the STD hotline at 800-758-0880

  • This hotline can also help you find a clinic for free testing and help walk you through notifying your partner(s)

  • You can also email this address for more information: support@dontthinkknow.org

 

Get a free at home test for Chlamydia/Gonorrhea

  • Who is eligible?: Female patients in the LA County between the ages of 12 and 25

  • Who should get the kit?: Any sexually active woman in the age range listed above. Many cases can be asymptomatic, so it’s important to get tested regularly to stay up-to-date on your sexual health.

  • What if I’m older than 25?: Please refer to the resources above to find a free STD clinic for testing

 

For more information, please refer to the FAQ here:

https://www.dontthinkknow.org/get-a-home-test-kit/home-test-kit-faqs.html

 

To order a free at home kit, you can fill out a form at this website: https://www.dontthinkknow.org/get-a-home-test-kit/order-now.html

You can also call this number to order one over the phone: 800-758-0880

 

What about men?

Men are equally likely to get STDs and it is important for them to get tested regularly too. Please click here to find a free STD clinic for testing or contact the STD hotline at 800-758-0880

 

What can I do to prevent STDs?

Besides getting tested regularly, you should always use protection during sex. Condoms and dental dams are the only methods of preventing STDs.

 

For more information on condoms and dental dams, and how to use them, please refer to this link:

http://publichealth.lacounty.gov/dhsp/Condoms.htm

 

If you live in the LA County, you are also eligible for receiving free condoms. Simply fill out the form at this website:

http://lacondom.com/

Other resources offered on the LA County Public Health website

http://publichealth.lacounty.gov/dhsp/InfoForYou.htm

Includes:

  • Information on HIV and STDs

  • Where to get PEP and PrEP

  • Methods of protection

  • Talking with your partner(s)

  • Information for parents

 

Information about the Affordable Care Act for people living with HIV

https://www.greaterthan.org/campaigns/health-coverage-hiv-you/

 

I tested positive for a STD, now what?

  • Consult your healthcare provider for treatment options

  • Inform your partner(s) so they can seek care and receive treatment

  • You may be eligible to receive PDPT, which allows your partner to receive treatment without having to see a provider. Click here (link to page about PDPT) for more information

  • Get an STD testing panel, including HIV testing, if you have not done so already. Ask your provider for more information or click here (link to STD clinic page) to find a free STD clinic near you

 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Keck School of Medicine of USC

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