South Florida ranks among the highest in the country for new HIV cases. According to reports, over 19,000 people are living with HIV in the Fort Lauderdale area alone. This can be a scary reality for those living in or visiting the area, who have engaged in sexual activity while there.
Statistics show rates of chlamydia cases count at 466.9 per 100,000 people; gonorrhea cases count at 132.8 per 100,000 people; and syphilis cases count at 15.4 per 100,000 people in the Fort Lauderdale area.
This means that for every 100,000 people in the Fort Lauderdale area approximately 467 currently carry chlamydia, 133 carry gonorrhea, and 15 carry syphilis.
In response to this growing threat, campaigns are being rolled out to increase public awareness through provocative billboards, bus ads, and social events in the area.
The good news? Public and Private Testing facilities are scattered across the area, too.
The AIDS Healthcare Foundation has locations throughout the city and there’s Covenant House Florida on Breakers Avenue. One AIDS Healthcare Foundation facility is located on East Oakland Park Boulevard, near North Dixie Highway. Some locations also have free STD testing but it might only be limited to HIV.