Riviera Beach, FL, is experiencing an STD epidemic. The seaside city in Palm Beach County is seeing alarming new rates along with the rest of the area. From 2015 to 2018, the number of new, chlamydia cases jumped from 5,374 to 6,039.
During the same time new, annual gonorrhea diagnoses went from 1,277 to 1,467. Overall, all bacterial STDs in the county went from 9,972 in 2015 to nearly 8,000 in 2018.
There were also 322 new HIV infections diagnosed in 3017. Between 2013 and 2017, the majority of all HIV diagnoses in the county were men.
County Health officials in Southern Florida are concerned about the rise in STDs among people 55 and older. The area saw a 20% increase between 2015 and 2016, and medical professionals are being urged to talk to their active senior patients about STIs including HIV.
There are dozens of sites that offer comprehensive STD testing in and near Riviera Beach. Alpha Omega Alliance Incorporated operates the Riviera Beach Integrated Care off Broadway Ave on W 20th St. Bus route #1 stops at this intersection.
The Florida Department of Health in Palm Beach County runs a clinic at the West Palm Beach Health Center on 45th St in Riviera Beach. Off-street parking and the entrance are in the back of the building.
There might be a few locations that offer free STD testing. You will need to provide proof of income, and the screening may not be comprehensive and only test for whichever STI rates are the highest in the community.