From 1998 to 2017, there was an overall reduction in HIV cases in Fontainebleau, Miami-Dade County. In 1998, HIV cases were at an all-time high with 2,905 cases reported at a rate of 133.3 percent per 100,000 persons. However, in 2017, the number had reduced to 1,195 cases.
Gonorrhea cases have been increasing over the years. The infections increased from 1,940 cases recorded in 2006 to a total of 4,315 cases recorded in 2017, translating to 153.9 percent per 100,000 in the population.
Chlamydia infections were the highest of the STDs reported. From 5,196 cases recorded in 2006, the number shot to 13,415 cases in 2017 with the highest rate cases occurring in females.
Syphilis cases had the lowest rates of all the STDs but health reports indicated an increase in the number of instances over the years. In 2006, there were 586 cases and in 2017, the number had almost tripled to 2,385 cases.
To reduce the number of STDs, Miami-Dade Department of Health has put in place a strategy of providing financial and technical resources to health care providers. The department provides resources to address problems encountered by STD victims like stigma, financial barriers, and lack of support systems.
Fontainebleau residents can visit some of the healthcare centers located in the city to check their sexual health.
The following medical facilities are some that are open to the public; Westchester General Hospital, Kindred Hospital South Florida – Coral Gables, and Sunshine Health center.
Free STD/HIV treatment and testing may be available in some of the hospitals but you may need to book an appointment beforehand due to a large number of people in need of the services and very long waiting times.