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University, Florida

University, Florida is a Census Designated Place located southeast of the University of South Florida. It is located in the county of Hillsborough, which had a population of 1,229,226 as of this year. The community is also known as “University West,” because of its location in relation to the university. The locals affectionately call the area “Suitcase City” due to the fact that there are so many transients that pass through the area. While University used to be much larger, its boundaries were scaled back during the 1980’s due to changes in the boundaries of Tampa and Temple Terrace.

Hillsborough County, FL has earned one of the worst reputations when it comes to sexually transmitted infection. State and local officials are trying to curtail the issue by providing information and opportunities for education and testing. Despite the efforts, the county has one the current reputation as one of the worst areas in Florida when it comes to STIs.

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STD Statistics In Hillsborough County, FL

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The number of STIs has risen sharply within the county over the last few years. The number of Syphilis cases has tripled. From 2003 to 2012 the numbers rose from 42,381 to 77,851 within the state.  Within the county, there were 7,100 new cases reported. Gonorrhea has doubled in the number of cases reported. The number of cases rose from 600 statewide to 19,551 statewide and increased to 2,157 cases in the county.

The actual rate of growth within the county is faster than it is throughout the state. Syphilis is growing at a rate of 9.2 in the county as opposed to 5.8 throughout the state. Gonorrhea is growing at a rate of 168.0 within the county as opposed to 113.9 throughout the state. Chlamydia has grown at a rate of 551.4 within the county as opposed to a rate of 387.0 throughout the state. The rate for Syphilis and AIDS was much slower.

Syphilis has run rampant through males who are having sex with other males. There were 61 cases reported as a result of MSM, as opposed to 25 cases of NSM. In 2012 there were 347 new HIV cases, and 193 new AIDS cases. The age demographic most impacted by HIV were those aged 20-29 years of age. Black, non-Hispanics were the ethnic demographic most impacted.

Chlamydia affected females 2.1 more times than males. The age demographic most impacted were those aged 20-24 years of age. Black, non-Hispanics were the ethnic majority most impacted by the disease.

Graph of std rates in university florida from 2015

STD Testing and Sexual Education in University, FL

In 1981, President Reagan signed legislation that gave funding to abstinence only education within the school systems across the country. One of those programs known as Title V is still implemented in many areas of Florida, despite showing repeated failure to properly and effectively educate Florida’s students. There have been continued efforts by members of both the educational and judicial systems within Florida to steer away from an abstinence only curriculum. In 2013 Broward County implemented its own curriculum after the state statistics showed that the area had one of the highest rates of HIV/AIDS.

Students are not required to take health education to graduate. If they do take some form of health education, they will not necessarily learn about HIV/AIDS or STI’s and how to prevent them. Standards for high school students say they must learn how to respect others and themselves, but they are not required to learn about STI’s or how to prevent them. In fact, across the board Florida is behind other states when it comes to including curriculum on STI’s and HIV/AIDS as well as teen pregnancy.

The closest Planned Parenthood is at the Tampa Health Center, which is a 14-minute drive away. They offer many resources for those wishing to learn about STIs. This material not only comes in the form of written brochures and fact sheets, but counseling as well. They also have condoms available as well as other forms of contraceptives.

Also available is a course called OWL. OWL (Our Whole Lives) which is offered through the Universalist Utilitarian Church. OWL promotes diversity and answers to questions asked by both parents and students. While offered by the church, OWL has no religious affiliation.

Sexually Transmitted Diseases and Demographics in University, FL

There could possibly be a correlation between the fact that females make less than males when it comes to their average salaries, and the fact that they are the gender demographic most impacted by Chlamydia In 2015, males made $56,515 while females only made $42,711. Women are also the greatest gender demographic living in poverty.

Black, non-Hispanic women receive fewer preventive service than White, non-Hispanic women. This could correlate with the fact that Black, non-Hispanic women are one of the greatest ethnic demographics impacted by STIs. In 2015, only 622 Black, non-Hispanic women received preventive service while 6,151 White, non-Hispanic women received preventive service.

Black, non-Hispanics also are one of the lowest paying ethnic group as whole. This could possibly correlate that they are the ethnic group most impacted by STIs. In 2015, the highest paid ethnic group were Asians, followed by White, non-Hispanics and Native Americans. Black, non-Hispanics fell below these groups.

There could also be a correlation between the fact that between males and females, males are more impacted by STIS than females, and the fact that males are less likely to graduate from college when compared to females. In 2015, there were 21,062 females graduates as opposed to only 10,434 male graduates. This means that females are 0.48 times more likely to graduate when compared to their male counterparts.

STI Testing Resources in University, FL

There is a Planned Parenthood located in Tampa. Individuals are encouraged to make an appointment online. This Planned Parenthood accepts a wide variety of insurances- all of which are listed on their website. They test for Gonorrhea and Chlamydia using urine samples. Most of their STI tests also require a genital exam. Rapid HIV testing can be done by swabbing the inside of the patient’s mouth and with results in as little as 20 minutes. They offer counseling for those whose tests come back positive.

There is also the Florida Institute for Community Studies Incorporated. They are a community based organization located in Tampa – about 1.47 miles away. They offer free HIV testing and conventional HIV oral testing.

The Tampa Family Health Centers is located at the Sheldon Clinic in Tampa. This location is 3.94 miles from University. They are a clinic that offers conventional HIV blood testing, Chlamydia testing, Syphilis testing, Gonorrhea testing and testing for Herpes. They also offer the Hepatitis B vaccine and the HPV vaccine.

There is the Tampa-Hillsborough Action Plan Incorporated as well. They are a Social Service Organization that offers free HIV testing, rapid HIV blood testing, Chlamydia testing, and Gonorrhea testing. If an individual needs assistance with case management, they will need proof of HIV status. All testing is open to the general public.

The Francis House Incorporated is located in Tampa – a little under 8 miles away. They are a religious organization. They offer free HIV testing and conventional HIV oral testing. To receive services, the individual must become a client. HIV testing is available to the general public.

The DoCare Clinic is also located in Tampa – 8.69 miles away. They are a clinic that is open to the public. They offer free HIV testing, conventional HIV blood testing, Chlamydia testing, Syphilis testing, Gonorrhea testing and testing for Herpes.

There is also the Brothers Making a Difference. They are a community based organization located in Tampa. They are located 8.75 miles away. They offer free HIV testing, conventional HIV blood testing, and rapid HIV blood testing.

Finally, there is the Florida Department of Health Hillsborough County Health Department. They are a clinic located in Tampa – about 8 miles away. They are a clinic offering conventional HIV blood testing, Chlamydia testing, and Syphilis testing.

Better Sexual Health in University, FL

The CDP of University in Hillsborough County seems to provide adequate resources, testing, and treatment for the population it has. While there has been an increase in STI’s, this does not seem to be from a lack of information provided both in an academic and medical setting. Educational curriculum supports and advocates abstinence, while also promoting being smart when becoming sexually active. While there is no Planned Parenthood within the limits of Hillsborough, there is a center in a nearby town. Demographics and statistics suggest that African Americans are most likely to contract an STI as well as men who are having sex with men. It could be argued that this is a result of the percentage of white students that graduate as opposed to students of other ethnicities. Regardless of the statistics, the best way to prevent STI’s is to either remain abstinent or practice safe sex with your partner. University and the rest of the county also provide several online resources that help educate about STI’s. One of which is: http://www.youthaidscoalition.org/std-testing-in-tampa-fl.html

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