The Crossings, FL, is a suburb of Miami located in Miami-Dade County that’s experiencing a severe STD outbreak.
There are 26,632 people living in Miami with HIV. In 2018, Miami-Dade County reported 1,224 new HIV diagnoses.
Another STD rate that’s rising is gonorrhea. In 2015, it reported 97.5 new infections for every 100,000 people, and 153.9 for every 100,000 in 2018.
The jump in new infectious syphilis cases is also troubling, with 493 in 2015 increasing to 546 in 2018.
Chlamydia infections are climbing steadily. In 2015, the county reported 11,862 diagnoses, and by 2018, it had 13,415.
State and local health officials are asking sexually active residents to get tested regularly for all STDs and help lower the area’s high infection rates.
There are several dozen locations throughout the Miami area that provide comprehensive STD testing. Many sites also offer treatment and follow-up care at the same facility.
The Borinquen Medical Centers of Miami-Dade provides screenings at the West Dade and Sweetwater Health Center on SW 8th St in Miami. This site is accessible by a local bus route.
Another option is the Jackson Health System’s Rosie Lee Wesley Health Center on SW 62nd Ave in Miami. This place is located in the building behind the Dade County Health Center.
Some clinics may provide free STD testing. These locations might not include comprehensive screenings, and they may ask for proof of income. Additionally, free might only cover the testing and not treatment or follow-up care with a physician.