Dania Beach, FL, a city in Broward County, that’s in the South Florida Metro area, is experiencing a severe STD outbreak.
In 2013, the county reported 8,119 new chlamydia cases or 454 new infections for every 100,000 residents. Five years later, in 2018, it had 11,247, or 596 new diagnoses for every 100,000 people.
Gonorrhea is also rising in the area with 2,364 new cases in 2013, or 132 infections for every 100,000 residents, and 3,855 in 2014, or a rate of 203 new diagnoses for every 100,000 individuals.
Another STI that’s going up is infectious syphilis. In 2014, the county reported 319 cases or 18 new infections for every 100,000 people, and in 2018, it jumped to 448 new diagnoses or a rate of 24 cases for every 100,000 residents.
County health officials are working to reduce the spread of STDs through preventive care and are urging all sexually active individuals to seek regular testing.
Dania Beach and Broward County have more than a dozen health centers that offer comprehensive STD testing.
The CAN Community Health on SE 3rd Ave in Fort Lauderdale provides STI screenings. A public bus stop is available a few blocks from this location.
Instant Medical Care on the corner of SE 17th St and Cordova Rd in Fort Lauderdale is another option.
Some of these clinics might offer free STD testing. However, it may not be a comprehensive screening, and rapid blood tests might not be available. Its also possible the site will ask for proof of income.