STD and HIV rates are on the rise in many cities throughout Miami-Dade County, including the community of Kendale Lakes, FL.
According to the Florida Department of Health records, chlamydia rates in Miami-Dade County rose by more than 9 percent from 2017 to 2018. Records show that the number of newly reported chlamydia rates in the county increased from 12,264 cases in 2017 to 13,415 cases in 2018. In addition, gonorrhea rates increase by 22 percent over the same two-year period, as the number of newly reported gonorrhea cases rose from 3,538 cases in 2017 to 4,315 cases in 2018.
County reports also show that syphilis rates (all stages) rose from 1,950 reported cases in 2017 to 2,385 reported cases in 2018.
The good news is that HIV rates fell steadily from 2015 to 2017, as the number of newly reported HIV cases dropped from 1,342 cases in 2015 to 1,263 cases in 2016 to 1,195 cases in 2017.
There are several public health centers and clinics in Kendale Lakes, FL and nearby Kendall that might offer HIV or STD testing, including Family Medical Clinic Kendall, Planned Parenthood – Kendall Health Center, and Kendale Lakes Medical Center. There are also a number of private facilities and doctor offices in Kendale Lakes that may provide STD testing. Many of these clinics are located just off SW 88th Street.
If you prefer, you can head into Miami to find additional clinics that might provide STD or HIV testing, such as Planned Parenthood – Jean Shehan Health Center, Florida Health – Miami-Date County Clinic, Jefferson Reaves, Sr. Health Center, and Core Resource Community Health Center.
Some health care centers may even offer free STD testing, but some people may not be eligible for free services. In addition, these clinics may only have walk-in appointments available, which could lead to longer wait times.