Pace, FL, a suburb of Pensacola, in Santa Rosa County and the Pensacola Metro Area, is experiencing a significant STD outbreak.
In 2015, the area had 126 men with new chlamydia diagnoses and 341 women. Three years later, in 2018, it had 144 men and 341 women with new chlamydia infections.
There were 26 men and 33 women diagnosed in 2015 with gonorrhea, and in 2018, it reported 44 new infections for men and 43 new infections for women.
New infectious syphilis infections are increasing with nine total new cases in 2012, and 12 in 2016. Also in 2012, there were 12 new early latent syphilis diagnoses, and in 2016, the county reported 20.
Pensacola and Santa Rosa public health officials are concerned about the growing number of new STD infections in the area and are pushing for all sexually active people to get regular STI screenings to reduce the spread of these diseases.
More than a dozen locations in Pace and the surrounding areas offer comprehensive STD testing. Many facilities include on-site treatment and follow-up care.
ProHealth on Summit Blvd in Pensacola provides screenings. Another option is the Baptist Health Care’s Lakeview Center on N Pensacola Blvd.
The Florida Department of Health in Santa Rosa offers STI testing at its Milton Office on N Stewart St.
Some locations may offer free STD testing. These clinics might ask for proof of income or address for county sites, and comprehensive services may not be possible. Additionally, results may take a week or longer.