Holiday, FL, is a suburb of the Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater Metro area, located in Pasco County, that’s under threat from an STD outbreak.
Chlamydia cases are a growing problem. In 2015, it reported 1,279 diagnoses, and in 2018, it went up to 1,632 new ones.
Infectious syphilis diagnoses are expanding, with 18 in 2016, and 17 in 2018. Early latent syphilis cases increased from 28 in 2015 to 54 in 2018.
Another STD that’s growing is gonorrhea. In 2015, the county reported 335 new cases, and three years later, it had 434.
HIV infections are also on the rise. Between 2007 and 2016, the number of people in their 20s with a new diagnosis went up by 28% across Pasco and Pinellas counties.
State and county health officials are working to reduce the high STD rates by urging all individuals that are sexually active to see their doctor for regular screenings.
There are several health centers in Holiday, FL, and nearby that provide STD testing and additional services, including preventive care, treatment, and aftercare.
Metro Wellness and Community Centers offer STI screenings at the Pasco Hernando Center on US Hwy 19 in Port Richey. This clinic is close to a pharmacy and accessible by public transportation.
Another option is the Tarpon Springs Health Department at the intersection of S Disston Ave and E Boyer St in Tarpon Springs.
Some of these sites may offer free STD testing. However, they might have same-day appointments or rapid results. These clinics may ask for proof of income.