Buenaventura Lakes, FL, a town in Osceola County and is part of the Orland-Kissimmee-Sanford Metro area, that’s experiencing an STD outbreak.
In 2015, 63 people were living with HIV in the county. Three short years later, that number increased to 104.
Chlamydia diagnoses are increasing. In 2015, the county reported 1,333 new cases, and by 2018, it jumped to 1,701. Most new chlamydia diagnoses in 2018 were women.
In 2015, there were 254 new gonorrhea infections, and in 2018, there were 380. Most new diagnoses were men.
Syphilis infections are also rising with five new infectious cases in 2008, jumping to 29 in 2018.
County health department officials are concerned about the spike in STD and HIV infections and are asking community members to get tested regularly and seek treatment to help reduce the spread of STIs.
Several locations offer comprehensive STD testing in Buenaventura Lakes, FL, and the surrounding areas. Many of these sites also include treatment, follow-up care, and educational services.
The Florida Department of Health in Osceola County provides STI screenings at the Osceola Community Health Services at Stadium Place on Bill Beck Blvd in Kissimmee.
Planned Parenthood offers services to men and women at the Kissimmee Health Center on Oak Commons Blvd. This location is on a public bus route.
Some sites may offer free STD testing for income-qualified individuals. It’s possible that proof of income will be necessary. Finding an appointment may be difficult without long wait times and walk-in hours could be the only option.