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Deerfield Beach, Florida

Deerfield Beach, Florida is part of the southeastern region of the Sunshine State. It is located on the ocean, just south of the Palm Beach county line.  Being on the ocean provides for great views and a year-round summer feel. It is part of Broward County and gets its name from the deer that use to frequent the area. Before it was called Deerfield Beach, the town was known as Hillborough. As of this year its population is 75,018.

It is the primary city in the Miami metropolitan area. Deerfield, FL offers all the amenities that the state is known for without feeling too touristy or crowded. Per the Visit Florida website, Deerfield Beach has excellent water conditions and is home to several habitat conservation areas and Quiet Waters, which holds several attractions within itself. These include campgrounds and the longest “cable ski” course in the country. Deerfield Beach has, or is near several local and state resources that are beneficial to those concerned about sexually transmitted infections.

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STD Statistics In Broward County, FL

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Within the state of Florida, there has been an increase in Chlamydia, Gonorrhea, and Syphilis. According to the CDC, cases of Chlamydia increased by more than 5,000 between 2014 and 2015. Cases of Gonorrhea increased by 3,000, and cases of Syphilis increased by 1,000. The demographic impacted the most are 15-24-year old’s. Interestingly, there is also an increased number of senior citizens becoming infected by STI’s.  This is due in part to the fact that the Florida is known for its large communities of retired 50+ year old’s.

Medical experts also blame drugs like Viagra, which allows senior citizens to remain virile at an older age. Senior citizens are also less likely to be tested, which increases the likeliness the disease will progress without treatment. Within the last year the number of cases of STDs reported numbered over 700 in Broward County. In fact, there was a greater increase in Broward county, than there was in the state of Florida.

The greatest gender demographic within the state of those infected by HIV is men having sex with men (51.9% in 2015).  The greatest ethnic demographic is African Americans (42.4% in 2015). There is significant funding available for testing for STI’s and HIV/AIDS. In 2015, approximately $50,869,426 was given for the specific purpose of monitoring, testing and treating STI’s and HIV/AIDS. The Department of Health provides STI walk in clinics through a contractual agreement with AFD (AIDS Healthcare Foundation). One of the primary locations providing STI testing is the Broward Wellness Center which is in Fort Lauderdale.

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STD Testing and Sexual Education in Deerfield Beach, FL

In 1981, President Reagan signed legislation that gave funding to abstinence only education within the school systems across the country. One of those programs known as Title V is still implemented in many areas of Florida, despite showing repeated failure to properly and effectively educate Florida’s students. There have been continued efforts by members of both the educational and judicial systems within Florida to steer away from an abstinence only curriculum. In 2013 Broward County implemented its own curriculum after the state statistics showed that the area had one of the highest rates of HIV/AIDS.

Students are not required to take health education to graduate. If they do take some form of health education they will not necessarily learn about HIV/AIDS or STI’s and how to prevent them. Standards for high school students say they must learn how to respect others and themselves, but they are not required to learn about STI’s or how to prevent them. In fact, across the board Florida is behind other states when it comes to including curriculum on STI’s and HIV/AIDS as well as teen pregnancy.

According to a report done by SIECUS (Sexuality Information and Education) schools in Broward County use a curriculum called WAIT Training, promote Heterosexual marriage and gender stereotypes, employ fear and shame based tactics, misinformation about HIV/AIDS, and use national abstinence only supplementary materials. Broward County has made an alternative K-12 curriculum available through their website. During high school, this curriculum discusses a variety of subjects pertaining to sexual wellness including STI’s. Included in the program are resources for both students and parents.

Also available is a course called OWL. OWL (Our Whole Lives) which is offered through the Universalist Utilitarian Church of Boca Raton. OWL promotes diversity and answers to questions asked by both parents and students. While offered by the church, OWL has no religious affiliation.  In addition to these classes, the local Planned Parenthood in Boca Raton offers free condoms to those needing them. This would be a 19-minute drive from Deerfield Beach.

There are a few locations in the surrounding areas at which individuals could be tested for HIV/AIDS and STI’s. One is the Paul Hughes center in Pompano Beach, and another is the Broward Family and Health Center which is also located in Pompano Beach.

Sexually Transmitted Diseases and Demographics in Deerfield Beach, FL

As of 2014 the number of black females infected with HIV in the local area was 15.4 times greater than that of white females. Black males are 1.6 times more infected than white males. 68% of male infections is a result of male to male interaction, while 80% of women are infected from an interaction with a male. 8% of women are also infected either my drug injection or by other means.

Of the adolescent women infected statewide, 18% of those women live in the Broward area. This area is the second greatest area impacted in Florida, falling only behind Miami-Dade County.  There is a possible correlation between poverty and those impacted by STI’s. African Americans and females make up the largest portion of those living below poverty level in Deerfield.

Black individuals make up 37% of the population living below poverty level, while females account for 7.5% of the 17.7% of the total population living in poverty. The rate of women enrolled in female health services is also greater among non-black women (6,438) than it is among black women (902). While women had a higher graduation rate than men (180 women and 31 men), there were 108 more times a Caucasian graduate than there were non-Hispanic blacks.

At an Elementary school level, there doesn’t seem to be any direct correlation between education and STD’s or HIV/AIDS. For example, the ethnic minority makes up for 78% at Deerfield High School and the graduation rate is 85%. However, there could be a correlation between the fact that 69% of those students are at an economic disadvantage and their college readiness index is low.

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STI Testing Resources in Deerfield Beach, FL

One of the nearest locations for HIV testing is Quest Diagnostics in Deerfield Beach. They offer online appointment booking and take a variety of insurances including Aetna, Cigna and Medicaid. The website says a doctor’s order for a test is required.  Lab Corp also offers testing in Deerfield. They offer a comprehensive 10 test panel that covers the most common STI’s. If an individual is worried about possible recent exposure they can take an HIV RNA Early Detection Test that can detect infection as soon as 6 days after exposure. The standard HIV test can detect as early as 2-3 weeks after exposure.

The 10 Test Panel covers HIV Type 1 and 2, Hepatitis A-C, Gonorrhea, Herpes Type 1 and 2, Chlamydia, and Syphilis. The nearest Planned Parenthood is in Boca Raton which is about 5 miles away. When booking online it is important to select what you wish to be tested for from the drop-down menu as it will alter which days and times are available. They are opened Tuesday through Saturday and their hours vary each day. Walk ins are also welcome. They accept Avmed, Blue Cross Blue Shield, Coventry, Molina, and Simply Health.

Finally, there is the Sunshine Health Center which is in Pompano Beach, about 7 miles from Deerfield Beach. This location offers standard STI health screening for chlamydia, gonorrhea, HIV, and syphilis.  

Better Sexual Health in Deerfield Beach, FL

Deerfield Beach, with all its beachfront charm, is also beneficial to those in need of treatment. The city and the county provide good resources and testing centers for those affected by HIV and STI’s. The education system might continue to struggle with how to present accurate information about sexual health, but places have been created at which individuals can learn about sexual health, but places have been created at which individuals can learn about sexual health care and what to do if the contract an STI or become HIV positive. For example, Planned Parenthood offers good resources and support for those struggling with STI’s. Though the closest Planned Parenthood is located a few miles away, it still is a good resource for treatment. Finally, it is encouraged that if you believe you might have an STI, you seek out testing and treatment. For more information treatment please consider the following.

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