What are the STI test options in Cape Coral,FL?
Southwest Florida health officials are worried about the rising STD rates, especially syphilis. The disease was under control in the US a short decade ago, but it made a comeback in recent years, mostly due to a decrease in condom use.
Dating apps have also contributed to the rise in STI rates, as people meet others for sex without find out much about them, including their sexual health status.
In 2015, there were 2,035 people living with HIV or AIDS in Lee County, with a prevalence rate of 334 per 100K people, under Florida’s rate of 615. But health officials believe there are still people out there who haven’t been tested, and social stigma prevents many of them from coming into the clinics. But medical professionals are only there to help you and treatment is available.
In 2017, 2,841 people in Lee County were diagnosed with chlamydia, at a rate of 405.4. The gonorrhea and infectious syphilis rates were 110 and 6.
There are more STD-testing clinics across the river in Fort Myers than in Cape Coral. Planned Parenthood is located in the College Plaza Shopping Center. They test for STIs and treat all except HIV, and the fee is on a sliding scale.
Some of the CVS MinuteClinics provide basic screenings. Verity Medical Clinic on Salrose Ln also provides STD testing. Keep an eye on the community calendar, especially around STD Awareness Month. You may be able to find free STD testing opportunities.
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