Lake Wales, Florida, is a city in Polk County experiencing a serious STD outbreak. All STIs are on the rise in the area.
Overall, bacterial STDs increased by 3.5% from 2016 to 2019. In 2016, the number went from 4,156 to 5,449 in 2019.
Chlamydia jumped from 3,024 infections in 2016. By 2019, the county recorded 3,912.
Gonorrhea cases are growing. In 2016, the health department reported 991 new diagnoses. Three years later, in 2019, it had 1,293.
Syphilis is another concern. There were only 138 infections in 2016. By 2019, it went up to 241.
Polk County health advisers are concerned about the increase in STD rates in the area. To slow the spread of these preventable diseases, they’re asking sexually active individuals to get regular STD testing.
Several options are available near Lake Wales and throughout Polk County that offers comprehensive STD testing. Many sites also include treatment and follow-up care too.
One choice is Community Care Resources of FL on Cypress Gardens Blvd. in Cypress Gardens.
You can also try Central Florida Health Care at the Dundee Clinic on Dundee Rd. in Dundee.
Another location is Positively U. Incorporated on First St. in S. Winter Haven or the nearby Central Florida Health Care Winter Haven Clinic on First St. in N. Winter Haven.
Some sites may advertise free STD testing. While these seem like a great option, there are a few things to check first. Make sure they offer to test for chlamydia, gonorrhea, and syphilis. Also, find out if they have appointment times or if all services are walk-in.