LaBelle, FL, the county seat of Hendry County, is in the middle of an STD crisis.
In 2016, there were 146 women and 58 men diagnosed with chlamydia, and in 2018, it had 160 women and 62 men with the disease.
The county reported 23 women and 15 men with gonorrhea infections in 2016, and in 2018, there were 27 men and 21 women with new cases.
Syphilis is also increasing with zero infectious diagnoses in 2017 and one in 2018.
Hendry County health officials want to stop the spread of these preventable diseases and are asking all sexually active people to seek regular STD testing.
There are a few health centers that provide comprehensive STD testing in and near LaBelle. Most sites include on-site treatment, counseling, and aftercare services.
The Florida Department of Health in Hendry County offers screenings at the LaBelle Clinic on Pratt Blvd.
Another option is the Healthcare Network of Southwest Florida’s Family Care Immokalee on Madison Ave.
The Florida Department of Health in Glades County operates a clinic on Health Park Dr in Moore Haven next to the Glades County Detention Center.
Services are also available at the Clewiston Health Center on S WC Owen Ave.
A little further away is the McGregor Clinic on Broadway in Fort Myers. This site is nearby a public bus route.
Some locations may offer free STD testing. These clinics could ask for proof of income and might need proof of residence. Additionally, patients may have to pay for treatment and any follow-up care.