Southwest Florida has been making headlines in the past five years as an STD hotbed, with many county residents contracting chlamydia, gonorrhea, and syphilis. The worst-hit counties include Collier and Lee Counties.
A 2017 STD Surveillance Report by the Collier County Health Department specified that the county recorded 1,084 chlamydia incidences, as compared to Lee County’s 2,800 occurrences.
In Collier County, that represented a 106% increase since 2000, when county officials confirmed 526 new chlamydia diagnoses. In 2005, rates had dropped from 206.6 in 2000 to 191.2, although new diagnoses increased from 526 to 585 over the six-year window.
The Florida Department of Health Collier County adopts a mix of prevention efforts toward halting the spread of STDs. Among them include the Ryan White Case Management Foundation, AIDS Drugs Assistance Program (ADAP), HIV/AIDS primary care, and the Housing Opportunities for Persons with AIDS (HOPWA).
Getting tested is the first step toward safeguarding your sexual health. Immokalee residents may get tested at the Collier Health Department STD clinic at 419 N 1st St, which offers STD care on a walk-in basis from Monday to Fridays. You may also visit the STD specialty clinic at 3339 Tamiami Trail E.
Furthermore, you can visit the PRC Clinics, one at 15205 Collier Blvd, Naples and another one at 9911 Corkscrew Rd, Estero. The Planned Parenthood clinic at 8595 College Parkway may provide STD testing, treatment, and prevention.
You can also opt for nearby medical facilities which may render free STD testing services in within Immokalee. The problem with such free services is that the health centers may not test all STDs and results may delay up to two weeks. Additionally, walk-in options may not be available and the clinics may not support multiple payment methods.