Palm Harbor, located in Pinellas County has seen an increase in HIV cases. An estimated 4,594 people are living with HIV in Pinellas County. In 2016, it was estimated that 174 people were newly infected.
As of June 2016, there were 7,275 cases of HIV/AIDs with 68.2 HIV-positive African Americans per 100,000 residents, while whites were counted at an 11.7 rate.
Pinellas County health officials are offering free condoms and education to help curb and lower the rates of new cases.
“Florida continues to rank at or near the top nationally for HIV diagnoses, with Pinellas and Hillsborough counties among the regions that are considered hotbeds of activity. And local health officials say they are seeing more cases among people in their early teens to early 20s.”
There are several options for free and paid services in Pinellas County that serves Palm Harbor such as Florida Department of Health’s STD Clinic in Pinellas County, Urgent Care located on US Highway 19 North in Pinellas Park and Metro Wellness and Community Centers – St. Petersburg Office on 3rd Ave N Ste 125, St. Petersburg.
Empath Partners in Care located on 3050 1st Ave South in St. Petersburg offers rapid HIV testing and Planned Parenthood of Southwest and Central Florida
St Petersburg Health Center also offers testing.
Many of these clinics offer STD testing services at a sliding scale fee, dependent on income and need or welfare eligibility, and at times may be able to offer free STD testing. However, your test results may not be available immediately.