Charlotte County, where Punta Gorda lies, recorded five new HIV cases at a prevalence rate of 2.7 in 2019. That was a stagnant figure from the statistics in 2018 that indicated five reported cases at a prevalence rate of 2.9.
Gonorrhea statistics showed a significant increase in 2019 as compared to 2018. The county recorded 89 new cases at a prevalence rate of 48.8 in 2019, which was higher than the 56 infections with a prevalence rate of 31.9 reported in 2018.
In 2018, the county reported 280 Chlamydia cases at a rate of 159.6 per 100,000 persons. The number slightly rose to 303 in 2019, with a prevalence rate of 166.2.
The total number of early, infectious, and congenital syphilis infections recorded in 2019 was 14 at a prevalence rate of 7.7. That was an increase from the 12 cases at a prevalence rate of 6.8 recorded in 2018.
Charlotte County Department of Health runs an STD Program that aims at controlling STD transmission through awareness, prevention education, free or low-cost testing, and treatment services.
It also offers counseling and treatment to individuals whose partners have tested positive for infectious diseases.
People seeking confidential screening and treatment services in Punta Gorda, FL, can visit CAN Community Health – North Port, AHF Healthcare Center – Ft Myers, and Planned Parenthood – Fort Myers Health Center.
Some patients may be eligible for free STD testing. However, the downside is you might experience long wait hours or fail to get prescription medication after testing positive.