There was a drop in the number of HIV infections from 2,905 at a rate of 133.3 in 1998 to 1,195 cases at a rate of 43.4 per 100,000 persons by the end of 2017.
The overall rate of Gonorrhea infections rose from1,940 at a rate of 79.9 in 2006 to 4,315 at a rate of 153.9 in 2018. The rate of Gonorrhea in men, however, was 1.6 times the rate in women.
A large number of the Golden Glades population were infected with Chlamydia infections as indicated by the county health reports. The number surged from 5,196 at a rate of 214.1 to reach a significant peak in 2018 with 13,415 infections reported, translating to a rate of 478.4 per 100,000 persons.
An escalation of Syphilis infections was also noted over the years. The infections multiplied from 586 at a rate of 44.5 in 2006 to 2,385 at a rate of 161.1 in 2018.
To reduce the number of STD/HIV infections, the Miami-Dade County Department of Health has been working with health care providers to deliver more tests annually in settings that are easily accessible to people at high or moderate risk of HIV infection.
Golden Glades residents can check their sexual health in the available city clinics such as Jackson North Medical Center and North Shore Medical Center Miami.
For those who prefer walk-in services, American Urgent Care and Planned Parenthood – Golden Glades-Miami Health Center may also be convenient options to consider.
Free STD testing may not always be available, but residents who may be fortunate to find clinics offering them might be required to provide proof of income to be eligible and they might still pay for prescriptions afterward.