According to the recent reports by the Centers for Disease and Prevention (CDC), the number of confirmed STD diagnoses have been on the rise over the past five years. STI counts in Southwest Florida, particularly in Collier County, remain alarmingly high.
According to a 2017 STD Surveillance Analysis by the Collier County Department of Health, the county recorded a total of 1,084 cases of chlamydia in 2017. That’s a double-fold increase from 2005, considering chlamydia incidences were 585 with a rate of 191.2.
Another 2013 report by the County Health Rankings & Roadmaps indicated that Collier recorded 826 cases of HIV in 2009. The morbidity was 305.0.
To help in mitigating the STD situation in the county, the Collier County Florida Health Department conducts several prevention and medical assistance programs to HIV+ population. They include Ryan White Case Management, AIDS Drug Assistance Program (ADAP), and HOPWA (Housing Opportunities for People With AIDS).
If you need STD testing services, you can visit the Collier County Health Department STD clinic at 3339 Tamiami Trail E. The clinic may offer appointment-only services every day except on Tue, when it may open for walk-ins.
Other alternatives include the Planned Parenthood Health Center at 8595 College Parkway, Fort Myers, and Immokalee’s Collier Health’s STD Center at 419 N First St.
Golden Gate town also has some medical facilities which might render free STD testing services, but they may open at inconvenient hours. Other shortcomings include treatment medicine might not be available in case you test positive, and doctors may not be present at the clinic or via phone.