In recent years, Hillsborough County, where Gibsonton, FL, a census-designated place, has experienced a progressive decrease in the HIV prevalence rate, from a high of 26.1 per 100,000 individuals in 2014 to 22.1 and 19.7 in 2018 and 2019, respectively.
On the other hand, the rate of new Chlamydia diagnoses in the county surged from 565.0 in 2014 to 631.9 per 100,000 individuals in 2019, depicting an 11.8% increase. Most infections occurred in females, with those aged 14 to 25 years accounting for 72.7%.
Data from the Florida Department of Health, Bureau of Communicable Diseases showed that Gonorrhea infections escalated from an incidence rate of 139.3 recorded in 2014 to 196.4 per 100,000 persons in 2019.
Total Syphilis infections in the county showed fluctuations, increasing from 40.8 per 100,000 persons in 2014 to 46.7 in 2016, before a drop to 43.1 in 2017. This was followed by a spike to 50.6 in the following year and 62.1 in 2019.
The Florida Department of Health adopts a strategic approach to reduce HIV transmissions as well as related deaths. Its STD/HIV prevention plan entails promoting screening and awareness to identify infections early to facilitate timely treatment, sexual health education, and implementing partner services. It also works with public and private partners to foster access to antiretroviral PrEP and nPEP services.
Planned Parenthood – Tampa Health Center, BayCare Urgent Care (Riverview), and Tampa General Hospital are some of the medical clinics offering STD/HIV testing services to residents in the Gibsonton area.
Some local clinics also offer free STD testing, but you may be required to meet specific criteria, and bookable appointments might not be an option.