Part of the Tampa metropolitan area, Brandon shares in that city’s STD problems to some extent. In 2015, there were 6,504 people living with HIV or AIDS in Hillsborough County, with a prevalence rate of 579 per 100K people. Health officials are worried about all the people still out there who don’t know they are infected and may be unknowingly infecting others.
There is still a lot of stigma surrounding HIV, especially directed toward gay and bisexual men, and this may make people reluctant to come in for testing. But medical professionals are discreet and only want to help you. Treatment is available if you do turn out to be HIV-positive.
In 2017, 8,326 people in Hillsborough County were diagnosed with chlamydia, at a rate of 599.8 per 100K people, compared to Florida’s rate of 486.8. The gonorrhea and infectious syphilis rates were 176.9 and 13.3, both above Florida’s rates.
Brandon only has a few STD-testing clinics, but there are many more options if you can get to Tampa (and there may be more free STD testing available in Tampa). MedExpress Urgent Care on Brandon Blvd offers STD testing, and the Walgreens Healthcare on the same street offers basic STI screenings.
Suncoast Community Health Centers Incorporated on Lakewood Dr offers STD tests on a sliding fee scale; tests include HIV, chlamydia, gonorrhea, HPV, and herpes.