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.
Los Angeles County STI Resources
Click the links below to find out more about the STD resources available in LA County
Find a free STD clinic for testing and care
Find a free STD clinic in LA County for screening and treatment:
If you don’t live in LA County or would prefer to search for clinics by zip code, check out this resource:
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: firstname.lastname@example.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:
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:
If you live in the LA County, you are also eligible for receiving free condoms. Simply fill out the form at this website:
Other resources offered on the LA County Public Health website
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
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