Englewood, FL, is a community in two busy counties, Charlotte and Sarasota, which places it between the Bradenton-Sarasota-Venice metro area and the Punta Gorda metro area. Its proximity is increasing the intensity of the community’s STD outbreak.
Overall, bacterial infections have been on the rise in the area, with Sarasota County reporting 1,371 cases in 2016, and then jumping to 1,628 three years later in 2019.
Chlamydia is one of the growing number of STDs near Englewood. From 2016 to 2019, it went from 1,025 to 1,142 infections.
Gonorrhea has been slowly creeping up in the area. In 2016, it had 288 diagnoses. By 2019, the number of new infections hit 367.
County health officials in the two counties are concerned about the rise in STD cases. To combat it, both are asking sexually active individuals to get regular STD testing and help slow the spread of the preventable diseases.
Several centers near Englewood offer comprehensive STD testing. Many locations include treatment and follow-up services.
One option is CAN Community Health at the Comprehensive Care Center on Tamiami Trail in North Port. It operates another site at the Comprehensive Care Center on N. Tuttle Ave in Sarasota.
You can also use the AFC Urgent Care Sarasota Clinic on S. Tamiami Trail in Sarasota.
Some sites may offer free STD testing. While these sound great, there may be a catch. No-cost centers often only have limited screening hours. Additionally, there may be hidden charges, boosting the overall cost.