University Park, FL, an area in Miami-Dade County is fighting a severe STD outbreak.
Chlamydia diagnoses have been rising steadily in the county. In 2008 there were 7,559 new infections. A decade later, in 2018, there were 13,415.
Gonorrhea is also increasing with 2,120 new cases in 2008, jumping to 4,315 in 2018.
Infectious syphilis is another problem. In 2008, there were only 256 new diagnoses in the county, and a decade later, it had more than doubled with 546. Congenital syphilis is 100% preventable, but in 2018, 24 newborns tested positive for it.
HIV is a considerable threat. In 2018, 1,224 new infections were reported in Miami-Dade County.
City and county officials are growing concerned about the rising rate of STDs and are urging sexually active individuals to use safe practices and seek out regular testing for STIs.
There are several clinics near University Park that provide STD testing. Many locations include preventive education, treatment, and follow-up care, too.
One option is the Borinquen Medical Centers of Miami-Dade at the West-Dad/Sweetwater Health Center on SW 8th St. in Miami. Off-street parking is available, and the location is accessible by public transportation.
Planned Parenthood provides STI testing for men and women. There’s one located at the Kendall Health Center on SW 117th Ave in Miami. The building is in the rear at the end of the road.
Some centers might offer free STD testing to income-qualified individuals. These sites may have long wait times and comprehensive screenings could come with additional costs.