What are the STI test options in Port St. Lucie,FL?
Port St. Lucie’s STD rates are not as high as Miami’s, but the city still has a big problem. In 2015, Florida’s HIV rate was 615 cases per 100K people. St. Lucie County’s rate was a bit above that at 623. That year, there were 1,590 people living with HIV in the county.
Health officials point to several reasons for this problem. One important factor is homophobia: because of social stigma, many people who are at risk of infection are ashamed to come in for testing and treatment. And this results in late diagnosis. But medical professionals are discreet and help is available, so you should never put off learning your status and options.
Some organizations even offer periodic free STD testing events to entice people to come in.
St. Lucie County’s 2017 bacterial STD rates are a bit lower than Florida’s: 392.7 for chlamydia, 85 for gonorrhea, and 10 for infectious syphilis.
There are a number of STD-testing clinics in Port St. Lucie. The Florida Department of Health in St Lucie County offers STD and HIV screening in two locations (check the times before you go).
Xpress Urgent Care, on Prima Vista Blvd, offers screening for all STDs on a walk-in basis. CareSpot Urgent Care, located further east on the same street, also offers STD screening.
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