New Smyrna Beach, FL, is a city in Volusia County, that is enduring an STD crisis.
In 2014, the county reported 1,695 new, single-year infections of chlamydia, four years later, in 2018, there were 2,103.
Syphilis is a growing concern with 19 new infectious, and 38 early latent diagnoses in 2015 and 29 infectious, and 109 early latent ones in 2018.
Gonorrhea infections are rising. There were 588 in 2015, and in 2018, it had 753.
The rate of people living in the county that are HIV-positive is also increasing with 352 HIV-positive individuals for every 100,000 residents in 2016, and in 2018, they confirmed 362 out of every 100,000 residents were HIV-positive.
Florida state and county health officials are asking the public for help to reduce the soaring rate of sexually transmitted infections by getting tested regularly for all STDs including HIV.
There are a few locations in New Smyrna Beach and the surrounding areas that provide comprehensive STD testing.
The Outreach Community Care Network offers STI services on the corner of N Frederick Ave and Dr. Mary McLeod Bethune Blvd in Daytona.
Another site is CAN Community Health’s Comprehensive Care Center on Dunn Ave in Daytona.
Both locations are nearby a local bus route.
Some clinics might offer free STD testing. These places could ask for proof of income, and it may be difficult to schedule a convenient appointment. Additionally, its possible patients won’t be able to talk to a doctor at their appointment or during a follow-up exam.