The city of Town ‘n’ Country, FL continues to deal with the fight against HIV and the spread of Sexually Transmitted Diseases. Among the most reported STDs include syphilis, gonorrhea, chlamydia and HIV with fewer reported cases of herpes and hepatitis.
According to the Florida Department of Health, the state continues to deal with high HIV prevalence rate. Hillsborough County remains a hot bed for HIV infections, especially among teenagers and youths in their early 20s. In the county, HIV rates among individuals in this demography rose by 23% over the past nine years.
Centers for Disease Control (CDC) reported that primary & secondary syphilis as a significant health problem, majorly affecting members of the LGBTQ community. However, congenital syphilis transmitted from mother to child also remains a concern.
The CDC also reported that Hillsborough County reported more than 100 cases of HIV infections in 2012.
Through the Florida Department of Health, you can now access quick and confidential tests for both HIV and STDs. Town ‘n’ Country, FL has several county clinics that may be providing Rapid HIV testing and free STD testing for syphilis, gonorrhea, and chlamydia. Nonetheless, availability and consistency of these services may vary.
You can also visit institution-based outpatient clinics, and family health centers around the city. These may offer comprehensive testing, including risk assessment, physical examinations, and testing at an additional cost. The tests are conducted on a “first come, first serve” basis. Hence, arrive for testing early for the first service.