Palmetto Bay, FL, a village in Miami-Dade County, is experiencing a serious STD outbreak that’s not slowing down.
In 2015, the county reported 11,862 chlamydia cases, and in less than five years, in 2019, it had 13,415 new infections.
Gonorrhea diagnoses are also rising with 2,600 cases in 2015 jumping to 4,315 in 2018.
Another concern is syphilis. In 2015, the county reported 493 infectious syphilis infections, and by 2018, it had 546 new cases. Congenital syphilis infections are also increasing with eight diagnoses in 2015 and 24 in 2018.
County and state public health officials are concerned about the increasing STD rates and are asking all people that are sexually active to get routine tests and help stop the spread of STIs.
Several health centers provide comprehensive STD testing in Palmetto Bay, and Miami-Dade County. Many locations include treatment and follow-up care at the same facility.
The South Florida Health Clinic offers screenings on the corner of SW 184 St and S Dixie Hwy in Cutler Bay. This site is accessible by a public bus route.
Another option is the Family Medical Clinic Kendall on SW 137th Ave.
The AHF Wellness Center at South Beach offers STI services on the corner of 16th St and Alton Rd in Miami Beach.
Some clinics might offer free STD testing. Comprehensive tests may not be included, and proof of income could be requested at these locations. Additionally, results may take several days to be available.