Miami Lakes is a Miami suburb in Miami-Dade County, Florida. It faces a challenge in its fight against the increasing STD rates – the county had the most reported STD cases in Florida in 2015. In the last number of years, the amount of reported STD cases had continued to increase rapidly.
Miami-Dade County has seen a significant rise in chlamydia cases in particular. From 2006 to 2013, the number of cases rose from 200 per 100,000 to 400 per 100,000. In the same timeframe, syphilis jumped from 8,4 per 100,000 to 16 per 100,000. The HIV rates in the county, while above state level, remained steady in 2015.
The Miami-Dade schools have adopted a more in-depth health education curriculum, sharing methods of safe sex for those who are sexually active.
There are numerous private and public STD testing centers in and near Miami Lakes. There are public options like the Project Access Foundation and the Citrus Med Clinic, which accepts Medicaid and Medicare. Both of these clinics provide HIV testing.
Other clinics include the North Dade Health Center, the Community Access Center, and the North Miami Center. The North Dade Health Center requires you to supply proof that you live in Miami-Dade County, and the North Miami Center is a women’s health clinic that provides free services to teens.
There may also be free STD testing available. You may not, however, be able to get screened comprehensively for every type of STD. Next to this, there may be long and inconvenient wait-times.