Lake Magdalene, FL, a city in Hillsborough County, is in the midst of an STD crisis that’s not slowing down. Chlamydia diagnoses have been rising steadily since 2006. In 2015, there were 7,600 new infections, and in 2018, that number jumped to 8,817.
Gonorrhea diagnoses are also increasing with 1,790 new cases in 2006 growing to 2,300 in 2018. Over 1,400 of the new infections in 2018 were men.
Syphilis, a disease once thought in the past, is back. In 2006, the county had 68 new diagnoses, and by 2018, it had 239. Congenital cases are going up, Hillsborough had 13 babies born with the infection in 2018.
State and county health officials are growing concerned about the increase in chlamydia and gonorrhea in Hillsborough County and are asking all sexually active people living in the area to seek regular STD testing to help reduce the spread of these infections.
STI screenings are available throughout Lake Magdalene and the surrounding areas. One option is the Tampa Family Health Centers that operate a facility on W Fletcher Ave in Tampa, another on E Fletcher Ave, and also have a location on E Fowler Ave. Each site is accessible by a public bus route.
The Florida Department of Health for Hillsborough County offers screenings on N 22nd St in Tampa. Off-street parking is available in the back.
Free STD testing might be possible at some locations. Proof of income could be required, and appointment availability may not be convenient. Additionally, patients may end up with hidden fees for treatment.