Altamonte Springs, FL, in Seminole County, is experiencing a high rate of STD diagnoses. Chlamydia cases are on the rise in the county north of Orlando and Disney World with 1,643 new diagnoses in 2015 jumping to nearly 2,000 in 2018.
Gonorrhea is also growing with 405 new cases in 2015 increasing to 646 in 2018. Early syphilis rates are also a problem with 56 new cases in 2014 rising by nearly 50 percent to 99 new diagnoses in 2018.
State officials are more than concerned about the rise in STD diagnoses in Seminole County and the rest of the state with one HIV researcher stating, “Hey, guys, we’re in a mess.” Along with Fort Lauderdale and Jacksonville, the Orlando area sits in the top ten U.S. cities with the highest HIV rates in the country.
There are dozens of locations in Altamonte Springs and Seminole County for STD testing. Community Health Centers Incorporated operates a health center in the Forest City area of Orlando on Florida State Road 434. The clinic is accessible by bus route 23.
Another option is CrewHealth on Commodity Circle off Park Vale Blvd in Orlando. Walk-in care is available in Winter Springs at the CareNow Urgent Center on Cliff Rose Dr. You can also choose the Florida Department of Health’s Orange County center on West Central Blvd in Orlando for STI screenings.
Free STD testing may be an option at some clinics. However, these locations most likely require proof of income and appointment times may not meet your needs.