Sanford, FL, a suburb of Orlando, is facing an STD epidemic. The county seat of Seminole County is experiencing an increase in syphilis cases.
From 2012 to 2013, the rate of syphilis infections in the county increased from 6.2 % to 4.7 percent. In 2017, that percentage spiked to 7.8 %.
There’s also been a significant increase in HIV cases. In 2004, the infection rate was 15.7 per 100,000. By 2017, that number per year increased by more than 200 diagnoses.
In 2017, the Orlando region had 730 new cases of HIV, ranking it number 2 out of all major, U.S. cities, behind Miami and just ahead of Atlanta, New Orleans, and Baton Rouge. Experts are calling these numbers a wake-up call for more education and testing information in the community.
There are several STD testing locations in Seminole County. One of the nearest clinics is offered through the Florida Department of Health in Seminole County not far from the Orlando-Stanford International Airport.
Another option is the Orange Blossom Family Health Clinic on Kennel Rd in Sanford, which offers HIV and STD screening. The True Health Office in Sanford on E. Lake Mary Blvd also provides STI services. Walk-in care is available nearby in Winter Springs at the CareNow Urgent Care Clinic. There’s also a Planned Parenthood facility in Orlando on University Blvd.
You will find facilities that provide free screenings. These centers may not guarantee confidentiality, and the appointment times might not be easy to fit into your schedule.