San Carlos Park, FL, is a city in Lee County experiencing a jump in STD cases. In 2019, the area reported 3,163 new chlamydia diagnoses, an increase from 2018, when the county had 2,626.
Gonorrhea is also on the way up. In 2019, the health department listed 777 new infections, and in 2016, only three years prior, the county reported only 530 cases.
San Carlos Park is seeing another increase with syphilis diagnoses. In 2019, Lee County noted 218 total new infections. Three years before, in 2016, the area only reported 156. Of those cases in 2019, three were congenital, or infections to newborns through the womb. In 2016, the county had no congenital diagnoses.
Lee County health officials are concerned about the increase in sexually transmitted diseases in the rural Florida county. Also noting the jump in syphilis cases, the department urges sexually active men and women to get regular testing to reduce the spread of STDs.
There are several clinics near San Carlos Park that provide comprehensive STD screenings. Many of these locations include treatment and follow-up care options to reduce STDs in the area.
STI testing is available about the Planned Parenthood of Southwest and Central Florida at the Fort Myers Health Center on Commerce Park Dr. in Fort Myers.
Another location is the McGregor Clinic on Broadway in Fort Myers.
Some locations might provide free STD testing. Keep in mind that these sites might not offer convenient screening times. Also, it could take much longer to get your results.