STDs in LA County are Skyrocketing; Racism & Stigma May Be to Blame

Many health experts say that public health problems are best tackled outside the doctor’s office — that fixing the culture that perpetuates them is more effective than changing a single patient’s behavior. For sexual health, that means combating the stigma around sex. In this recent news story, the Los Angeles Times highlights rising rates of sexually transmitted diseases in Los Angeles County and discusses how racism and stigma may be factoring into these increases.

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About Kim Rodgers

Kim Rodgers serves as a Communications Specialist at NACCHO. Her work includes promoting local health departments' best practices, as well as partner tools and resources, in infectious disease and preparedness through NACCHO's communications channels, storytelling, and outreach to various audiences.

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