Manatee County health officials might have done a remarkable job in maintaining reducing the prevalence rates of chlamydia and gonorrhea cases in the recent past. However, the rates of syphilis have surged, causing concerns over the disproportionate STD rates.
In 2016, the Bradenton Herald posted an STI Surveillance Report. It showed that Manatee County recorded a small increase in chlamydia cases between 2014 and 2015, from 1,442 to 1,480. Gonorrhea incidences dropped from 458 new cases to 436 new diagnoses.
Worryingly, the syphilis incidences in the county rose by an astonishing 433.1%. In 2014, there were only six (6) cases, but in 2015, 32 cases were reported.
The Florida Health Department (Manatee County) conducts HIV Prevention Programs to ensure public awareness and training courses for healthcare providers to intervene in the transmission of HIV. Some of its routine activities include target educations classes for adolescents and adults, counseling training, and prevention documentaries and films.
The initial step toward stopping the spread of HIV is by getting tested and knowing your status. The Manatee County Department of Health STD Unit located on 6th Ave E, Bradenton, may offer STD screening, testing, treatment, and education. You may also get tested for HIV.
Furthermore, you can visit the Planned Parenthood Health Center that lies along 53rd Ave E. This medical center may offer HIV testing, counseling, education, and referrals. You may also receive STD care services for most STDs, and immunizations for genital warts and Hep C.
Myakka residents can also consider local health centers that might render free STD testing with the town. The only problems with such services are that walk-ins may not be an option and some of these clinics may not allow you to seek doctor consultation. Moreover, the clinics might not have multiple payment methods.