As part of the Miami and Fort Lauderdale metropolitan areas, Lauderhill shares those cities’ STD problems to some extent—and the STD problems in South Florida are serious.
In 2015, there were 18,867 people living with HIV or AIDS in Broward County, with a prevalence rate of 1,180 per 100K people. To compare, Florida’s rate that year was 615.
Health officials are concerned that the numbers are surely higher, as many people out there don’t know they’re infected, and they urge everyone to be tested regularly, even if they are not experiencing symptoms.
In 2017, there were 11,289 chlamydia cases in Broward County, at a rate of 599 per 100K people. Florida’s rate was 486.8. The gonorrhea and infectious syphilis rates were 209.1 and 17.5, also higher than Florida’s rates.
There are a few STD-testing clinics in Lauderhill, and many more options in the surrounding area. Broward Community & Family Health Centers, located in Lauderhill Mall, tests for, treats, and provides counseling for HIV. The Urgent Medical Center on Broward Blvd also screens for HIV.
If you can get to Fort Lauderdale, there are public clinics that provide free STD testing. Keep in mind that public clinics tend to have longer wait times and you may be seen by others while you’re waiting. If this is an issue for you, there are other options.