Miami-Dade County, which hosts the suburban village Pinecrest, reported 1,181 cases of HIV infections at a prevalence rate of 41.7 in 2019. That was a slight decrease from the 1,194 cases at a rate of 42.6 per 100,000 persons recorded in 2018, and an increase from the 1,169 infections at a prevalence rate of 42.4 reported in 2017.
Chlamydia has the highest number of infections in the county in comparison to other STDs. Statistics have shown a consistent increase in the number of new cases from 12,264 in 2017, to 13,395 in 2018, to 14,788 in 2019.
The number of Gonorrhea cases has also increased over the years. In 2019, the department recorded 5,025, which was an increase from the 4,307 and 3,538 cases reported in 2018 and 2017.
The county has also noticed an increase in the number of Syphilis infections in the recent past. It recorded 3,235 cases in 2019, 2,856 in 2018, and 2,395 in 2017.
The STD Prevention and Control Program in Miami-Dade County works towards minimizing the number of new infections through prevention and sexual health education. It also offers free to low-cost STD screening services and protects infected persons from community stigma and health complications.
Residents can visit Planned Parenthood – Kendall Health Center and Wellness Center – South Beach for confidential STD screening. Other testing options include Prevention, Education and Treatment Center and Latinos Salud – Miami Beach.
Patients can access free STD testing services in some facilities. However, walk-in options might not exist, and the doctor’s consultation might be an extra charge.