South Florida has one of the highest HIV and other STD rates in the nation, but public health officials’ campaigns are often thwarted by the tourism industry, which worries that educational billboards (such as those in California and New York) could discourage people from spending their vacations and winters there.
While youth and economically disadvantaged people are at risk, STD rates among senior citizens are also high. In 2015, there were 3,356 people living with HIV or AIDS in Miami Beach, South Beach, and Surfside, the vast majority being MSM over 40 years old.
In 2017, Miami-Dade County had a chlamydia rate of 445.4 per 100K people and a gonorrhea rate of 128.5, both of which were slightly lower than the Florida rates.
Miami Beach has some STD-testing clinics, and if you can get to the mainland there are even more options, including some that provide free STD testing, though you might have to wait in line.
AHF Wellness Center is located on Alton Rd and provides STD testing on a walk-in basis. Latinos Salud also offers tests and can also help you get started on PrEP, and you can find them on Arthur Godfrey Rd. You can also get tested at Care Resource, just across the Julia Tuttle Causeway, in Miami.