Palm Beach County noticed a decrease in the number of new HIV infections reported in 2019 as compared to 2018. The county recorded 248 cases at a prevalence rate of 17.0 in 2019, down from 287 at a rate of 19.9 per 100,000 population reported in 2018.
Syphilis cases have shown a steady increase over the recent past. In 2019, the statistics records show a count of 515 at a rate of 35.3 per 100,000 people. That was higher than the 483 cases at a prevalence rate of 33.5 reported in 2018.
Chlamydia records the highest number of infections compared to other STDs. In 2018, the department reported 6,026 cases, and the number significantly increased to 6,367 in 2019.
Gonorrhea statistics in 2019 stood at 1,501 cases at a prevalence rate of 102.9. The numbers indicated an increase from the previous year that recorded 1,462 infections at a rate of 101.4 per 100,000 population.
The health department in Palm Beach offers sexual health and prevention education through community outreach programs. It also facilitates easy access to free or low-cost STD screening as well as other reproductive health medical services.
Belle Glade residents can seek confidential STD testing and treatment services at Planned Parenthood – Wellington Health Center, C.L Brumback Health center, and Palm Glades Rural health Associates, Inc.
Some facilities provide free STD testing and related services. However, it may only apply to specific groups of individuals, such as teenagers and low-income patients. Also, some clinics do not have walk-in options, and a doctor’s consultation might attract extra charges.