Lake Worth has the second highest percentage of people living with HIV in Palm Beach County. This accounts for 13% of people and 1,072 cases of HIV reported in 2017.
Out of the total cases of HIV/AIDS in West Palm Beach, males are more predominantly affected, with 69.6% of cases in 2017 reported in men. The rate of Black males diagnosed with HIV is 6.7 times the number of White males. Another startling statistics is that the rate of Black females living with HIV in 2017 is 24.4 times higher than in White females.
STDs are increasing in prevalence across Palm Beach County, with a rate of 383.9 cases per 100,000 residents for chlamydia in 2018. In 2013, cases were one third lower at approximately 264 cases per 100,000.
The Health Department of Palm Beach County has been consistently providing essential education and medical services through regular community health fairs and school seminars, as a move to prevent the further rise of STDs.
The Florida Department of Health in Palm Beach County, in conjunction with the Joint United Nations Program on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS), supports persons diagnosed with HIV to try and achieve the ambitious goal of 90-90-90. The aim is that 90% of people with HIV will be aware of their status, 90% have antiretroviral therapy, and the end goal is 90% have viral suppression. Services include offering rapid HIV testing at select locations.
In addition, several facilities in Lake Worth offer HIV and STD testing services, including the Lake Worth Clinic on Southwinds Dr and the Compass Community Center.
Some of the other health facilities may offer free STD testing services, but only for those who meet pre-specified welfare criteria. Furthermore, services may only be offered on limited days of the week, so it might be difficult to book appointments.