Fruit Cove is a small town in St. Johns County, Florida, that was home to around 32,000 people in 2019. While the rest of the US is facing an STD epidemic, the STD rates in Fruit Cove and St. Johns County are significantly lower than both the state and national rates.
From 2017 to 2018, St. Johns County saw a 9% decrease in early syphilis rates and a 1% decrease in chlamydia rates. The gonorrhea rates, however, did rise from 59,8 per 100,000 to 74,9 per 100,000. The infectious syphilis rates rose from 4,4 per 100,000 to 6,2 per 100,000.
Between 2014 and 2017, the amount of HIV cases in St. Johns County increased from 10 to 23. This is partly due to the decreasing fear of HIV because of better treatment possibilities.
The Florida Department of Health provides screening, treatment, and counselling for people infected with STD’s and people at risk of infection.
You can get tested for STD’s in one of the private or public testing clinics in and near Fruit Cove. The Green Cove Springs Center and St Vincents Primary care are both examples of public options. These clinics both provide HIV testing and accept Medicare and Medicaid.
Other public clinics are the Bear Run Clinic, the Wesconnett Health Services, and the Jacksonville Health Center.
Some clinics may provide free STD testing, however this could mean that only some STD tests are free and that they are not comprehensive. In addition to this, there could be long and inconvenient wait-times.