Boca Ciega, FL, a bay along Treasure Island, is a paradise by the sea for residents and visitors. However, The Pinellas County area is in the midst of an STD outbreak. The Florida Department of Health reported 4,428 chlamydia diagnoses in 2018.
Treasure Island and the surrounding communities enjoy some of the most beautiful, seaside beaches in the Gulf of Mexico.
Sadly, this beauty is threatened by rising STD rates. For example, Pinellas County health examiners also reported 1,441 new cases of gonorrhea.
“Health officials in Florida are concerned about the 28 percent increase in HIV cases in Pinellas counties between 2009 and 2018.”
There are several private and public testing centers in Treasure Island, Florida, and its surrounding area. For immediate testing, Bayfront Health Convenient Care offers walk-in and same day appointments for STDs in South Pasadena, St. Petersburg, and Largo.
Metro Inclusive Health offers screenings for Hepatitis C and HIV. The HIV tests are blood-based with results in 3 days. They also provide free and a sliding fee testing for income-qualified patients. Available STD screenings include chlamydia, gonorrhea, syphilis, hepatitis A, and B. They have locations in St. Petersburg and Tampa.
STD testing is also available through Planned Parenthood of St. Petersburg. They offer bacterial vaginosis (BV), chlamydia, gonorrhea, HIV, syphilis, and trichomoniasis (trich) testing.
If you are uninsured and can’t afford STD testing, there’s nothing wrong with asking for help. There may be a few locations with free STD testing. However, services may only cover specific STD tests, and confidentiality is not a guarantee.