Located just north of Fort Lauderdale on the Atlantic coast, Pompano Beach shares Southeast Florida’s STD problems to an extent. In 2015, there were 18,867 people living with HIV or AIDS in Broward County, with a prevalence rate of 1,180 per 100K people, well above Florida’s rate of 615.
But health officials worry that there are still a lot of people out there who don’t know they are infected. There is still a stigma surrounding HIV, especially directed toward gay and bisexual men, and this can make people reluctant to come in for testing.
In 2017, 11,289 people in Broward County were diagnosed with chlamydia, at a rate of 599 per 100K people, above Florida’s rate of 486.8. The gonorrhea and infectious syphilis rates were 209.1 and 17.5. The availability of PrEP and PEP may have caused some people to become lax about using protection, and this is partly responsible for the resurgence of syphilis.
Pompano Beach has a few STD-testing clinics, and of course there are more options in the surrounding areas, such as an organization focused on the Latinx community that provides free STD testing for HIV only. Premier Urgent Medical Care Center, on Sample Rd, offers STD testing, as does MD Now Urgent Care on Federal Hwy.