According to recent health data by the Florida Health Department, STDs are the most prevalent communicable infections, and their rates are rising fast in counties like Okaloosa.
An STD Data Chart based on analysis by the Florida Health showed that there was an exponential rise in chlamydia cases between 1997-2001, from 162.8 to 417.9. This rate drastically dove to 170.6 in 2003, before rising again to 224.1 in 2005 with a total of 411 incidences.
Between 2015 and 2018, the HIV rate in Okaloosa County shot from 3.6 to 9.1, while gonorrhea prevalence dropped to 116.4 from 167.9 in 2017.
HIV stigmatization prevents people from knowing their status and seek medical assistance. That’s why the “Stop HIV Stigma” was established. The program aims to eliminate stigma by providing a pillar of strength for PLWHA to express themselves. The initiative outlines that everyone has a role to play in removing HIV stigma.
The initial step toward stopping HIV and STD infections is by seeking testing and treatment services. You may get tested at Okaloosa County Public Health STD clinic along Hospital Dr NE and E James Lee Blvd, Crestview.
Alternatively, you can head down to the Escambia County Health Department Fairfield Service Center located along West Fairfield Dr, Pensacola. The clinic might provide ST/HIV testing and treatment from Monday to Friday.
Further, you might access free STD testing services within Fort Walton. Some shortcomings with free services are that the doctor may not be available at the center or through the phone, and you may come at an extra charge for consulting services.