Lakeside, FL, in Clay County, is experiencing a surge in new STD diagnoses. The area reported 670 new chlamydia diagnoses in 2015. That number jumped to 887 in 2018. In 2015, there were 181 new gonorrhea cases and by 2018, it went up by nearly 100 more infections to 277.
They only had four new syphilis diagnoses in 2015. In 2018, it increased to seven. There were 875 new bacterial STIs in 2015 in Clay County. In 2018, it increased to 1,191.
Health officials in the county are hoping to lower the number of new cases through education and more testing sites. The quiet countryside area less than 25 miles from Jacksonville has had a 33% increase overall in STIs since 2004, higher than the state’s change of 21% over the same time.
Several nearby locations provide STD testing and related services. The Florida Department of Health in Clay County operates the Bear Run Clinic on Bear Run Blvd in Orange Park.
Another option is the Florida Department of Health in Duval County’s Wesconnect Health Services on Timuquana Rd in Jacksonville. This spot has off-street parking and is accessible by bus route #53. Azalea Health offers STI screening at the Green Cove Springs Center on N Orange Ave.
A little further away is the Baptist Primary Care clinic on St Johns Ave in Jacksonville.
Free STD testing may be available at some locations. These sites will require proof of income to qualify you for services, and they might not provide comprehensive care.