Norland, Florida, an area in northern Miami-Dade County is experiencing an STD outbreak that’s not slowing down.
In 2008, it reported 2,120 new gonorrhea diagnoses. A decade later, in 2018, that number jumped to 4,315—More than doubling in just ten years.
During the same time, chlamydia cases went from 7,559 to 13,415 new infections.
Syphilis diagnoses are also increasing with 256 new diagnoses in 2008 and 546 in 2018. Again, more than doubling over a decade.
Rising HIV diagnoses are also a significant concern. In 2018, the city of Miami had the highest rate of new HIV diagnoses in the entire country.
The STD rates throughout Miami-Dade County have been steadily climbing the past several years, prompting health officials to urge sexually active individuals in the area to get tested regularly.
There are several locations in Norland and the surrounding areas that provide comprehensive STD testing. Many sites also offer STI educational services, treatment, and follow-up care.
One option is the AHF Healthcare Center at Jackson North on NW 170th St in North Miami Beach. Off-street parking is available, and there is a pharmacy on-site.
Another choice is the Planned Parenthood at the Golden Glades-Miami Health Center on the corner of NW 161st St and NW 165th St in Miami. Off-site is also available at this site.
Some locations may provide free STD testing. Proof of income might be a requirement for services, and it’s possible the site doesn’t include comprehensive screenings. Additionally, it may not offer walk-in appointments.