Destin, FL, a city in Okaloosa County, experienced a rise of HIV cases from 19 in 2014 at a rate of 9.9 per 100,000 individuals to 20 at a rate of 9.9 per 100,000 individuals atthe end of 2019.
There was an outbreak in Gonorrhea diagnoses made between 2017 and 2019. Public health officials reported 327 new cases in 2017 at a prevalence of 167.9, which soared to 370 diagnoses at a rate of 184.0 per 100,000 individuals at the end of 2019.
On the other hand, Chlamydia cases hiked from 987 at a rate of 513.7 in 2015 to 1,205 cases at a rate of 599.2 in 2019. Most of the cases were observed in teenagers and young adults.
Syphilis had the least number of infections compared to other STDs. However, an upward trend was noted from 8 cases at a rate of 4.2 in 2015 to 39 incidents at a rate of 19.4 in 2019.
To lower the spread of HIV/AIDS in Destin, FL, the Okaloosa public health supports the Ryan White Program that provides primary medical care, referral, and financial support to low-income persons living with HIV infections.
Planned Parenthood – East Atlanta Health Center and White-Wilson Medical Center Immediate Care Clinic (Destin) are among the medical facilities within Destin, providing comprehensive HIV/STD services.
Some health facilities may offer free STD testing. However, the eligibility is dependent on income and welfare eligibility, and results might not be immediate.