Melbourne sits in one of the most highly concentrated areas in the state for HIV diagnoses as of 2017. Year-end reports showed alarming rates. People living with HIV totaled 116,944 and 4,949 received an HIV diagnosis during 2017.
Over 2,000 sexually active persons received an AIDS diagnosis that same year.
During the 2013 collection year, Brevard County reported a rate of 260 HIV diagnoses for every 100,000 residents across the county. In 2014 Brevard County reported 303 new chlamydia diagnoses for every 100,000 residents. The County has lower than average rates for chlamydia as compared to other counties across the state. However, STD rates were up by 23% in 2017 as compared to overall 2016 rates. This means getting tested is important.
The Brevard Health Alliance can be found on Silver Palm Avenue and the Florida Department of Health in Brevard County can be found on South Babcock Street. Project Response Incorporated is located on South Apollo Boulevard and in nearby Malabar you can find a Brevard Health Alliance Incorporated on Malabar Road.
Public health officials have put out recommendations for all sexually active persons to seek out regular testing, use condoms, get properly vaccinated, seek quick treatment when needed, and have frank discussions with your sexual partners. The Florida Department of Health offers free STD testing services including partner counseling for those who test positive for HIV.