Gulfport, FL, is a city in the Tampa-St.-Petersburg-Clearwater metro area and in Pinellas County experiencing a significant and concerning increase in STD diagnoses.
Chlamydia cases are going up in the Gulfport area. In 2015, it had 4,167, and in 2019, the county reported 4,611.
Gonorrhea infections are on the rise. The area listed 1,441 new diagnoses in 2015. In 2019, it had 1,544.
Infectious syphilis is another problem. The county had 151 cases in 2015, and 4 years later, the area reported 220 new infections.
Congenital syphilis doubled from 3 new diagnoses in 2015 to 6 in 2019.
County health officials in the Tampa-St.-Petersburg-Clearwater metro are working to reduce these numbers by asking all sexually active persons to go for regular STD testing and help protect themselves and their loved ones from these diseases.
Several clinics near Gulfport, FL, offer comprehensive STD testing. Many locations also provide treatment and follow-up services.
Screenings are available at the Metro Inclusive Health St. Petersburg Office on 3rd Ave. N in St. Petersburg.
Community Health Centers of Pinellas Incorporated has multiple locations, including the Johnnie Ruth Clarke Health Center on 22nd St. S. in St. Petersburg and a clinic on 43erd St. N. in Pinellas Park.
Another option is Midway Specialty Care Center St. Petersburg Office on 49th St. N.
Some facilities provide free STD testing. Before trying these sites, consider other factors. Free locations may have hidden fees making it more expensive than a low-cost clinic, and you may need to wait longer for results.