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Greater Carrollwood, Florida

Carrollwood, Florida is a community in Hillsborough County. The community has boundaries that include Tampa to the east, Lake Magdalene to the north, Egypt Lake to the south, and Carrollwood Village to the west.

Your neighborhood and nearby Carrollwood Village offer many amenities to those who live in the area. This includes access to country clubs, golf communities, shopping, dining, and entertainment.

A short driving distance from your location are major attractions like Disney World, Busch Gardens, Legoland, and white sandy gulf coast beaches. Your area is surrounded by professional business and major industries.

Carrollwood, FL is also seeing an increase in annual STI rates, making it important for you to get checked for sexually transmitted diseases on a regular basis.

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Florida has an STD problem and your county has an especially bad problem. Infectious syphilis cases have more than doubled in the state and more than tripled in your county.

This is over the last decade according to the Florida Department of Health. Cases of chlamydia also more than doubled in your county within a decade. Cases of gonorrhea in the state increased slowly but almost all of the increase is attributed to your county.

Ellen Daley is an assistant research professor at the University of Florida’s College of Public Health. She notes that nearly 70 percent of STD cases in the state are for the age group of adolescent to people in their mid 20s.

Florida leads the U.S. in new HIV cases. This comes after years of cuts in public health and not being treated as a crisis by the governor. While the disease spreads, years of personnel cuts in the Department of Health that have shrunk the size of county health departments.

Graph of hiv rates in greater carrollwood florida from 2010

STD Testing and Sexual Education in Greater Carrollwood, FL

Some in the state blame the lack of good sex education and consider this the reason for more people contracting STDs. Ellen Daley of the College of Public Health at the University of Florida is among those people.

“That’s one concern, particularly here in Florida,” she said, “that there is just no good sex education in the schools, and that’s the group that doesn’t see the risk. A lot of adolescents think nothing can happen to them. They start to engage in sexual behaviors and they don’t think about the consequences. They may not see the consequences.”

Without good sex education in schools an adolescent according to Daley does not have much choice about where where to learn about sexuality. She cited a study in which parents were asked where they wanted their children to hear about sexuality. Most responded not at school.

“The next question was – Would you rather have them learn it at home? – and the overwhelming response was no,” Daley said. If people are uneasy talking about sex that needs to stop if the numbers of STDs is to drop. This is according to Daley.

“It’s frustrating seeing those kinds of statistics,” she said. “Kids out there don’t know the risk they are taking and they don’t have the skills to access information, to protect themselves and to make wiser decisions.”

The Hillsborough County Health Department is trying to help with the fight against STDs.  According to its annual report for 2012-13, the sexually transmitted disease clinic is the sole remaining public health unit in Tampa “where the public, regardless of socio-economic status can receive an examination, laboratory tests and treatment for a reasonable cost.”

Public health workers get out into the communities to test and treat people who may not have a chance to get to the office for screening. As with most diseases, the earlier the disease is detected, the more effective the treatment.

The health department is implementing an outreach program through which people are screened and treated. They are not allowed to go to public high schools. Continued awareness is key in stemming the trend according to some considering that the main thing is to get testing and know your status.

Sexually Transmitted Diseases and Demographics in Greater Carrollwood, FL

Demographics play a role in the number of STDs in your area. As one example, Floridians between the age of 15 and 24 account for over half of the reported cases of chlamydia infections. That age group represents only 13 percent of the population.

Carlos Mercado is the sexually transmitted disease program manager for the Hillsborough County Health Department. He looks closed at the rising numbers for STDs. He notes that the jump in syphilis rates is among gay males. He said a main factor in the spread of the disease is that if a man comes in for screening and treatment, he often is hesitant to give the name of his partner.

“They are very concerned about their partner’s privacy,” he said. “But we also are concerned in public health about this.” In many cases, he said, infected clients don’t know the names of their casual sex partners.

STI Testing Resources in Greater Carrollwood, FL

There are resources in your area that can help you with information about STDs, testing, and treatment. The Florida Institute for Community Studies Incorporated is one example as it is a community based organization that offers HIV testing.

Tampa Family Health Centers at 7814 N Dale Mabry Hwy in Tampa can also help. It offers:

Conventional HIV Blood Testing

Chlamydia Testing

Syphilis Testing

Gonorrhea Testing

Tampa-Hillsborough Action Plan Incorporated is another option. This social service organization offers:

Rapid HIV Blood Testing

Chlamydia Testing

Gonorrhea Testing

The Florida Department of Health Hillsborough County Health Department Sulpher Springs Health Center, along with  The Florida Department of Health Hillsborough County Public Health Department Downtown Health Center can also help. It offers these services for those who are 12 years of age and older.

Conventional HIV Blood Testing

Rapid HIV Blood Testing

Chlamydia Testing

Syphilis Testing

Gonorrhea Testing

Herpes Testing

DoCare Clinic is open to the general public. It offers:

Conventional HIV Blood Testing

Chlamydia Testing

Syphilis Testing

Gonorrhea Testing

Herpes Testing

Metropolitan Charities Incorporated Metro Wellness and Community Centers Hillsborough Office is a community based organization that can help. It offers:

Rapid HIV Blood Testing

Conventional HIV Oral Testing

Brothers Making a Difference is another community based organization. It offers:

Conventional HIV Blood Testing

Rapid HIV Blood Testing

Conventional HIV Oral Testing

Rapid HIV Oral Testing

Tampa Hillsborough Action Plan Incorporated RESTORE is another community based organization that can help. It offers:

Rapid HIV Oral Testing

Chlamydia Testing

Gonorrhea Testing

Tampa Family Health Centers Kelton Clinic and Tampa Family Health Centers are at 4620 N 22nd Street in Tampa. They offer:

Conventional HIV Blood Testing

Chlamydia Testing

Syphilis Testing

Gonorrhea Testing

Tampa Family Health Centers at 1502 Fowler in Tampa and The Florida Department of Health Hillsborough County Health Department University Area Community Health Center can also help. You also have the option of visiting Planned Parenthood of Southwest and Central Florida Pinellas Health Center is located in Saint Petersburg. It offers:

Rapid HIV Oral Testing

Chlamydia Testing

Syphilis Testing

Gonorrhea Testing

Herpes Testing

HPV Vaccine

The Drug Abuse Comprehensive Coordination Office Incorporated Tampa Outpatient Treatment Office is open to the general public. It offers HIV testing. AIDS Partnership Incorporated is in Clearwater. It offers HIV testing and is a community based organization.

Planned Parenthood offers STD testing, diagnosis and treatment includes bacterial vaginosis, chlamydia, genital warts, gonorrhea, herpes, HIV (testing and diagnosis only), syphilis, and trichomoniasis (trich). Vaccines are also available.

Testing involves urine samples and a blood sample taken from a finger stick. Counseling and confidential testing for STDs are provided by trained staff. The staff is sensitive to your concerns.  Individuals ages 19-26 who have no health insurance and meet financial criteria may qualify to receive an HPV vaccine at no charge.

If you are not comfortable going to a facility that works with STDs only, you can go to an area hospital to get information about testing and treatment. If you do go to an online testing service, you can find online reviews and get STD testing that is same day requiring less than an hour of notice to schedule STD and HIV testing.

Better Sexual Health in Greater Carrollwood, FL

Whether you go to an area community based organization, Planned Parenthood, a hospital, or a private service, you can in your area get information about about STDs, testing, and treatment.

Consider how the staff at these facilities is trained to help someone like you. You could get information about STDs, testing, and treatment from a nurse of counsellor at an area school such as Chamberlain High School.

You could also get such information from an area hospital such as Florida Hospital Carrollwood. Here are links to resources that can help.

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