What are the STI test options in Sarasota,FL?
In 2015, there were 900 people living with HIV or AIDS in Sarasota County, with a rate of 248 per 100K people. This is well below the Florida rate of 615, but make sure you stay safe so those numbers go down. Sarasota’s 2017 rate of bacterial STDs, at 398, is also much lower than Florida’s rate of 684.7. That year, there were 1,148 chlamydia cases and 371 gonorrhea cases in Sarasota County.
The infectious syphilis numbers had gone up sharply, nearly reaches Florida’s rate with 41 cases in 2017, and there was one case of congenital syphilis.
Many health officials blame the rise of syphilis, especially in women, on opioid and meth addiction. Florida has the fifth highest rate of congenital syphilis, and this can be prevented by a simple test and treatment with penicillin. You may even be able to take advantage of free STD testing during local campaigns or special events.
Sarasota has STD-testing clinics and treatment options around the city. Planned Parenthood, on Central Ave, tests for all STIs and provides treatment for all except HIV.
The Florida Department of Health in Sarasota County also provides confidential screening and treatment, and you can find them on Ringling Blvd. The Sarasota Medical Pregnancy Center screens and treats chlamydia and gonorrhea at their Hawthorne St location.
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- Please contact the individual public clinic to confirm pricing. Test pricing at public clinics many times depend on income and welfare eligibility.