Pasco County recorded 46 HIV infections at a rate of 8.7 per 100,000 persons in 2019. The cases had slightly reduced from the preceding year which had recorded 52 cases at a rate of 10.0 per 100,000 individuals.
In 2019, Chlamydia cases were 1,741 at a rate of 330.3 per 100,000 persons. That was a significant increase from the recorded 1629 cases at a rate of 314.1 per 100,000 people in 2018.
Gonorrhea cases were also on the rise from 2018 to 2019, with the records showing 434 infections at a rate of 83.7 per 100,000 population and 518 infections at a rate of 98.3.
Syphilis count in 2019 was 118 new infections at a rate of 22.4. The cases had significantly increased from 75 at a rate of 14.5 per 100,000 persons recorded in 2018.
DOH-Pasco Outreach Program offers rapid HIV testing within the communities and creates HIV awareness. It ensures HIV positive patients have access to quality treatment and medication. The program also educates society more about HIV and STDs to eradicate the stigma associated with living with HIV.
The Ryan White Program ensures that underinsured and uninsured HIV-positive individuals have access to quality and affordable treatment. It also fights against AIDS-related discrimination and educates society more on HIV.
Some of the healthcare facilities available for STD and HIV testing include Metro Inclusive Health, Ybor Youth Clinic, and Planned Parenthood – North Tampa Health Center. Other options available include the Florida Department of Health in Hillsborough County and the AIDS Healthcare Foundation.
Although some of the facilities offer free STD testing, you might not have access to a doctor’s consultation or get it at an extra charge. Also, the testing hours might be inconvenient to persons with tight schedules.