Okaloosa county where Crestview is located, has experienced a massive rise in HIV cases. Cases of people living with HIV shot up from 356 in 2016 to 395 in 2018, a situation that has raised concerns among county health officials about HIV awareness and elimination.
Gay men, bisexual males and people of color were among the groups that showed the greatest risk of infection, with majority of them being youths aged between 19 and 44. Chlamydia also saw a spike in cases with 394 cases in 2016 and 411 in 2018. However, there was a drop in Gonorrhea cases from 327 in 2017 to 231 in the year 2018.
“STD rates are on the rise and sadly the systems used to prevent the infections are eroded, leading to undiagnosed symptoms that might cause life-threatening conditions. The way to overcome this is through early detection and treatment.”
The County Health Department of Okaloosa has increased its efforts in an attempt to educate and create more awareness among her residents on their sexual health and the importance of getting tested.
Crest view, FL has several medical facilities both private and public that conduct STD testing. Some public facilities may offer free STD testing though walk-in option might not exist and bookable appointments might not be an option. Some of the clinics you can visit include; Florida Department of Health in Okaloosa County, Crestview Clinic on 810 James Lee Blvd. and North Florida Medical Centers Incorporated Crestview Health Center where Chlamydia, HIV, Gonorrhea, and Syphilis tests are offered.