Panama City Beach, FL, is a vacation destination along the Gulf of Mexico in Bay County that’s experiencing an STD crisis.
Bacterial STD numbers are a concern. In 2015, the county reported 1,144 new infections. In 2019, it had 1,117.
Gonorrhea is also on the rise, with 270 new cases in 2015, and four years later, it had 317.
Syphilis diagnoses aren’t going down. In 2015, the area had 19 new infections. In 2019, it jumped to 51.
The Bay County Health Department is concerned about the growing number of STD diagnoses in the Panama City Beach area. To slow the spread of these diseases, health officials are asking all sexually active people to seek regular STD testing and treatment.
Several locations near Panama City Beach and in Bay County offer comprehensive STD testing services. Most sites include treatment and follow-up care.
STD screenings are available at the Florida Department of Health in Bay County at the Main Location on 11th St. in Panama City.
Another option is the Florida Department of Health in Walton County at the Coastal Branch Office on Greenway Trail in Santa Rosa Beach.
A short distance from Panama City Beach is the North Florida Medical Centers Incorporated at the Wewahitchka Medical Center on West River Road.
Some of these locations provide free STD testing. While this may seem like a great idea, there are some potential negatives to consider. Free sites might only offer limited appointments or walk-in services only. Additionally, these clinics may require proof of income.