Homestead is a suburb of Miami and shares that city’s STD problems to some extent. In 2015, there were 25,955 people living with HIV or AIDS in Miami-Dade County, with a prevalence rate of 1,130 per 100K people.
Health officials worry because more people are still out there who don’t know they are infected. There is still a stigma around HIV and other STDs that can make some people reluctant to come in for testing. But medical professionals only want to help you.
In 2017, 12,271 people in Miami-Dade County were diagnosed with chlamydia, at a rate of 445.4 per 100K people, just under Florida’s rate of 486.8. The gonorrhea and infectious syphilis rates were 128.5 and 17.5.
The Martin Luther King Jr. Clinica Campesina on Mowry Dr provides HIV testing, counseling, and treatment, and New Hope Corps on Krome Ave also screens for HIV. There are not many clinics in Homestead, but you can find more options as you go north, including the Planned Parenthood and several CVS MinuteClinics in Kendall.
Also, keep an eye on local events, as you may be able to find free STD testing at outreach events or STD Awareness Month.