Palm Springs, FL, a village in Palm Beach County, is fighting an STD outbreak.
Infectious syphilis diagnoses are increasing in the county with 63 in 2014, and 90 in 2018. Men accounted for 79 of the new cases in 2018. Early latent syphilis went from 179 in 2014, to 239 in 2018. Men accounted for 212 of the new infections in 2018.
Chlamydia diagnoses are also rising quickly. In 2014, the county reported 4,781, and by 2018, it jumped to 6,039. Most of the cases in 2018 were diagnosed in women.
Gonorrhea numbers are on the rise with 1,108 in 2014, and 1,467 in 2018.
State and county public health officials are working to stop the spread of STDs by urging all sexually active individuals to get regular STI testing to keep themselves and their partners safe from these preventable diseases.
There are dozens of health centers that offer comprehensive STD screenings in Palm Springs and the surrounding areas. Most sites provide treatment and follow-up care at the same location.
Testing is available at the Helix Urgent Care on 10th Ave N in Palm Springs. This site is accessible on a local bus route.
The Trinity Point Medical Center on 10th Ave N in Lake Worth is another option. Access to this center is also available through public transportation.
Another option is the Mesa Medical LLC on Forest Hill Blvd in Lake Clarke Shores.
Some clinics might provide free STD testing. These locations may not offer convenient appointment scheduling or urgent care hours. Additionally, its possible they will ask for proof of income.