Hialeah Gardens is a city in Miami-Dade County that’s in the middle of an unrelenting STD outbreak.
Infectious syphilis is making a comeback. Between 2008 and 2018, the number of diagnoses went from 256 new cases in one year to 546 or a rate increase from 14.9 infections per 100,000 people to 19.5 per 100,000 residents. Early syphilis cases are going up. The county reported 570 in 2008 and 1,815 in 2018.
Chlamydia diagnoses have also been rising over the past decade, with 7,559 new cases in 2008, and 13,415 in 2018.
The county also reported a jump in gonorrhea infections over the same time with 2,120 diagnoses in 2008, and more than double in 2018, with 4,315.
The health officials that track and review STD rates in Hialeah Gardens are concerned about the outbreak of new infections are as urging sexually active individuals to get regular testing.
There are dozens of health centers that offer STD testing and related services in Hialeah Gardens.
The Project Access Foundation provides screenings on W 49th Pl is located in Hialeah, at the De La Calle Medical Center.
Another option is one of the Citrus Health Network Incorporated centers, which includes the Citrus Medical Clinic on W 20th Ave and the Palm Center Clinic on 3rd St in Hialeah.
Some sites might offer free STD testing. These locations could require proof of income, and patients may have to pay for treatment and follow-up care. It’s also possible that free clinics might have long wait times for an appointment.