Hillsborough County, where Sun City Center lies, recorded 313 cases of HIV at a prevalence rate of 22.1 in 2018. However, the number of new infections in 2019 reduced to 285 counts at a prevalence rate of 19.7.
Gonorrhea cases significantly increased from 2,293 infections at a prevalence rate of 161.6 in 2018 to 2,839 at a prevalence rate of 196.4 in 2019.
Chlamydia has reported the highest number of new infections with a consistent rising trend over the years. In 2018, the health department recorded 8,785 cases of new infections at a prevalence rate of 619.0. The numbers hiked to 9,132 at a prevalence rate of 631.9 in 2019.
The county also had an increase in the number of syphilis infections reported in 2019 in comparison to 2018. In 2019, 897 cases were recorded at a prevalence rate of 62.1, while the former year had 718 new infections at a prevalence rate of 50.6.
The Ryan White Program provides financial support to low-income individuals in Hillsborough County living with HIV. Additionally, the STD Program aims at reducing the number of new infections through sexual health and prevention education.
Sun City Center residents can seek STD testing and treatment services in Women’s Care Florida, Marquez Medical Clinic, and Wimauma Family Health – Suncoast Community Health Centers.
Some facilities offer low-cost to free STD testing, but the downside is that people will know why you are there, bookable appointments might not be available, and you might experience inconsistent wait times.