The Fort Myers-Cape Coral area ranks as the 16th most diseased area in the nation for new HIV cases. Currently, per 100,000 residents there is a rate of disease prevalence of 467.4 for chlamydia and 138.9 for gonorrhea.
In 2017 Lee County reported 101 cases of early syphilis, 771 cases of gonorrhea, and 2,841 cases of chlamydia.
Recommendations from public health officials include regular testing, open discussions with all intimate partners, and use of barrier protection like condoms. Free STD testing and condoms are offered at multiple locations in the area, including the clinics of the Florida Department of Health in Lee County. A local organization, In Spot Florida, offers partner assistance with talking to one’s partner after receiving a positive STD diagnosis.
Keep yourself safe and healthy with regular testing at an STD testing site near you. STD testing clinics are located through the Fort Myers area, including McGregor Clinic Incorporated on Broadway and the AIDS Healthcare Foundation on Illinois Avenue. The Florida Department of Health in Lee County has multiple locations throughout the area.