Part of the Cape Coral-Fort Myers Florida Metropolitan Statistical Area, Lehigh Acres wasn’t developed until the mid-1950s. They belong to Lee County and share their yearly data and statistics for sexually transmitted diseases. In 2017, Lee County showed an HIV prevalence rate of 11.84 per 100,000. This is actually good news, as it’s almost their lowest rate since 1998. In 1998 the rate was 33.6, so good job to Lee County for reducing the rate to a third of that! Health officials credit increased testing and better education on safe sex practices for this reduction.
Unfortunately, it isn’t all good news when looking at the other STIs afflicting the Lehigh Acres area. Back in 2006, the rates of new chlamydia cases for Lee County were 247.1 per 100K.
By 2018, that number has almost doubled and is now a rate of 437.7 per 100,000.
Looking at the same years but for gonorrhea, the rate in 2006 was 108.3. That rate hit a low of 58 in 2014 before bouncing right back up and over the 2006 rate. For 2018, the new rate of gonorrhea cases is 111.8 per 100,000. Infectious syphilis is up from 2006, but down from 2016. The new rate for 2018 was 5.4 per 100K.
If you’re in the Lehigh area and need to get tested, there are a few affordable options nearby. The Lee County Health Department on 8th Street offers HIV and STD screening by appointment. There’s a MinuteClinic inside the CVS on Lee Boulevard. They offer STD testing to adults over 18, excluding pregnant women, no appointment necessary. As it is a walk-in clinic, wait times may vary. For cheap or even free STD testing opportunities keep an eye on your community calendar.
To find the best services and location for you, use our search tools below to compare location features across Lehigh Acres clinics with our easy-to-read chart.