According to STD statistics for Hillsborough County, home to Ruskin, 285 new HIV cases were recorded at a rate of 19.7 per 100, 000 populations in 2019. The infections had slightly diminished from the previous year that had 313 positive diagnoses at a prevalence rate of 22.1.
Chlamydia had the highest cases compared to other STDs, with 9,132 new infections at a rate of 631.9 per 100,000 persons in 2019. That was a rise from 2018’s cases that were 8,785 at a rate of 619.0 per 100,000 people.
In 2018, the county reported 2,293 cases of Gonorrhea at a prevalence rate of 161.6. The count proliferated in 2019 to 2,839 at a rate of 196.4 per 100,000 persons.
In 2019, Syphilis had the lowest case count, with 897 new infections at a prevalence rate of 62.1. That was a jack-up from the previous year that recorded 718 infections at a rate of 50.6 per 100,000 persons.
The Florida Department of Health in Hillsborough County runs The HIV/AIDS Program that provides support and care to county residents living with HIV.
It offers affordable testing and treatment services to encourage locals to get to know their HIV status. The program also provides early intervention services, including HIV counseling and linkage to care.
Residents can seek STD and HIV testing services in Ruskin Health Center – Suncoast Community Health Centers, St Joseph’s Tampa Care Clinic, and Manatee County Health Department.
Other options include Wimauma Family Health – Suncoast Community Health Centers and Planned Parenthood – Tampa Health Center.
While free STD testing is available at some clinics, this may only be for some STDs, but not all. Also, walk-in options and multiple payment methods for chargeable services might not be available.