Fellowship, Florida is a town that required emergency public health attention due to skyrocketing numbers of sexually transmitted diseases. In 2015, 39,393 people newly got diagnosed with HIV, 4,849 cases of which were Florida residents about 12.3% of all reported cases. Blacks, Hispanic, White, Asian and other races were disproportionately affected in descending order.
Annual Report by the National Center for HIV/AIDs, Viral Hepatitis, STD, and TB prevention 2015 shows infection rates at 10.5, 121.3 and 454.8 for syphilis, gonorrhea and chlamydia respectively per 100,000 people. Syphilis moved from 6.6 in 2011 to 105. While chlamydia moved from 454.8 in 2015 to 485.2 in 2018.
There has been a persistent struggle to manage congenital cases with 191 cases being reported from 2011 through to 2015. STDs are treatable but untreated cases often mature to cancer, infertility, ectopic pregnancy or complications, and pelvic inflammation.
The Division of Disease Control and Health Protection in Florida is on a mission to eliminate sexually transmitted diseases through early diagnosis, and treatment and in prevention; encouraging health sexual behavior, sobriety in relationships and implementing effective partner management services.
Regular screening is, therefore, important in all age groups with an emphasis on young people of 15-24 years, gays, bisexuals, and people with multiple partners. Public health centers in Fellowship, Florida such as Florida Department of Health along Cypress Way and another stationed at Tallahassee are some of the available options.
Even though local medical centers might offer free STD testing, some might require you to make prior booking and they may open and operate at inconvenient hours. Besides, the health facilities may charge you to consult a doctor and these clinics might not have walk in options.