In Palm Beach County, nearly 700 people per 100,000 are currently living with HIV, and between 2009 and 2016 the rate of all STDs spiked by 30 percent. In Palm Beach County the demographic most at risk of contracting HIV are black males or those who engage in heterosexual contact.
It has also been documented that in Palm Beach County 4,486 people are diagnosed with Chlamydia every year. There has also been an increase in STD rates among senior citizens. Due to the increase in sexually transmitted diseases in Royal Palm Beach, the area is considered a high-risk area for STD and HIV infection.
STDs and HIV are becoming increasingly common in Palm Beach County and Royal Palm Beach, which has prompted health officials to urge local residents to seek regular STD testing if they feel they may be at risk of infection.
The increasing rates of Syphilis, Chlamydia, and Gonnorhea has led health officials in Palm Beach County and Royal Palm Beach to implement a number of initiatives such as lower the health department’s fee for STD testing, issuing free condoms, and providing STD tests for offenders in juvenile detention facilities as this is also considered a high-risk demographic in Royal Palm Beach. These initiatives have been put in place as preventative measures to reduce the spread of disease.
Public testing centers in Royal Palm Beach are urging residents to seek regular STD tests. If you need to get tested some clinics you may like to consider are Planned Parenthood of South East and North Florida Incorporated (West Palm Beach Health Center), Florida Atlantic University (FAU Community Health Center), and Families First Palm Beach County.
At many public clinics, free STD testing is available. However, at many locations patients must be uninsured to qualify for state-funded medical treatment.