What are the Free or Low Cost STI test options in Marco Island,FL?

Marco Island is a city in Collier County. In the recent past, there has been an upward and downward surge, as well as, constant count in the number of STD cases in the county. 

New HIV infections reported were constant between 2018 and 2019 that recorded 37 cases at a prevalence rate of 10.1 in 2018 and 9.8 in 2019.

Chlamydia cases dropped from 1,295 infections at a rate of 352.4 per 100,000 population in 2018 to 1,130 at a prevalence rate of 299.2 in 2019.

Gonorrhea cases declined moderately from 209 new positive diagnoses at a prevalence rate of 56.9 in 2018 to 182 new infections at a rate of 48.2 per 100,000 population in 2019.

The total early, infectious, and congenital syphilis case count increased significantly from 56 cases at a rate of 15.2 per 100, 000 individuals in 2018 to 71 at a prevalence rate of 18.8 in 2019.

Collier County Health Department has multiple sexual health programs to assist with lowering the STD prevalence rates. The AIDS Drug Assistance Program provides HIV/AIDS-related mediation to treat low-income PLWHA.

The ADAP Premium Plus program supports PLWHA who can’t afford to pay their health insurance premiums by making direct payments to the patients’ employer or insurance company.

The HOPWA program caters to the housing needs of PLWHA, who cannot afford the costs of housing.

Some of the facilities you can consider include Community Pregnancy Clinics, NCH Marco Healthcare Center, and PRC Clinics.

While some facilities offer free STD testing, some setbacks you might encounter include lack of doctor consultations, long wait times, and lack of prescription medication after testing positive.