In 2019, Miami-Dade reported 1,181 HIV infections at a rate of 41.7 per 100,000 persons. That was a slight decrease from 2018’s 1,194 new cases but an increase from 2017’s 1,169 infections.
Chlamydia reported the highest cases of infections when compared to other STDs. 2019 saw 14,788 cases at a rate of 522.5 per 100,000 persons, a huge increase from the previous year’s count that recorded 13,395. That was also higher than 2017’s new infection cases that stood at 12,264 at a prevalence rate of 445.2.
The rate of Gonorrhea infections has shown a consistent rise. Statistics indicate there were 3,538 cases in 2017 and an increase to 4,307 infections in 2018. There was yet another upward surge in 2019, with the county recording 5,025 new cases.
The total count of congenital, infectious, and early syphilis cases has also shown an upward rise over the years. The statistics record 2,395 new infections in 2017, 2,856 in 2018, and 3,235 in 2019.
AIDS Walk Miami assists vulnerable persons living with HIV, helping them receive quality medical care. The program offers comprehensive health and support services to adults and adolescent populations. It also improves the health and overall quality of life through education and research.
Residents in need of STD and HIV testing services can visit AHF Wellness Center – Jackson North, Women & Teens Healthcare, and Planned Parenthood – Golden Glades-Miami Health Center.
Other viable options include the University of Miami Adolescent Counseling & Testing Services and Florida Health Miami Dade County, Test Miami testing center.
Although some centers offer free STD testing, the walk-in option might not exist. Also, the results might not be immediate and persons who test positive might not access prescription medication.