Palm Valley, FL, an area in St. Johns County, is under attack from a severe STD outbreak.
In 2013, the area reported 79 new gonorrhea cases, and five years later, in 2018, they had 181, or a rate of 75 new infections for every 100,000 residents.
There were 470 new chlamydia diagnoses in 2013, and the county reported 728 total or 301 infections per every 100,000 residents in 2018.
Early latent syphilis is also on the rise with ten new cases in the county in 2013, and 22 in 2018, or nine diagnoses for every 100,000 residents. There was one infectious syphilis case in 2013, and 15 in 2018, or 6 new diagnoses for every 100,000 residents.
County public health officials are concerned about the area’s increase in STDs and are urging all sexually active persons to get tested regularly and help prevent the spread of these diseases.
There are dozens of locations near Palm Valley that offer comprehensive STD testing. Additionally, many include treatment and aftercare in the same facility.
The Florida Department of Health in Duval County operates the Beaches Family Health Center off A1A on 3rd St in S Jacksonville.
Another option is St Vincents Primary Care on County Rd 2010 in St Johns.
Screenings are also available at Hope Across the Globe on Southpoint Pkwy in Jacksonville.
Some clinics may provide free STD testing. These locations might not offer urgent care screenings and could charge for treatment and follow-up care. Its possible proof of income will be required, too.