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**FILE** A map highlighting reported cases of gonorrhea in women aged 15 to 24 — high concentrations in pink and red — is seen Sept. 19, 2011, at a news conference in the Watts-Willowbrook area of Los Angeles to announce a Los Angeles County program to provide young women in South Los Angeles with home-testing kits for sexually transmitted diseases. Los Angeles County has the highest number of Chlamydia cases and the second-highest number of gonorrhea cases in the country. (Associated Press)

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