Parkland, Florida, a city in Broward County is in the middle of an STD epidemic with no signs of slowing down.
Over ten years between 2008 and 2018, the chlamydia rate in the county went from 400 new diagnoses per 100,000 people to 596.
During the same time, the gonorrhea rate went from 134 new cases per 100,000 people to 203.
Early and infectious syphilis rates are also rising. In 2008, the reported early syphilis rate was 12.3 new cases per 100,000 people, and in 2018, it went up to 26.4.
The infectious syphilis rate was 22 new diagnoses per 100,000 people in 2008, and in 2018, it increased to 58.
Miami has one of the highest rates of new HIV diagnoses in the country. Health officials for the city, county, and state are urging people to get tested and treated to help stop the spread of HIV and the other STDs that are contributing to this health epidemic.
There are several locations in and near Parkland, FL, that offer STD testing and related services such as educational materials, treatment, and follow-up care.
One option is Bridget Silva, MD PA on W Sample Rd in Coral Springs. Off-street parking is available, and the site’s located on a public bus route.
The Broward Health Margate Health Center on Coconut Creek Pkwy also offers STD services. They have off-street parking and are on a local bus route.
Some clinics might offer free STD testing. These tests may not be comprehensive, results can take a while, and it’s possible they’ll want proof of income.