What are the STI test options in Valrico,FL?
The city of Valrico, FL rests in Hillsborough County. With a name meaning “rich valley” in Spanish, Valrico sparkles in the Florida sun. However, the dark cloud of STDs and HIV hangs over this small city as it does the entire country.
The prevalence rates for STDs and HIV in Valrico continue to rise. In the five year period from 2013 to 2017, both saw an increase of more than 1%.
This upward climb is vastly slower than that of Florida as a whole or even the communities that surround Valrico. Health officials in the city cite an overflow of negative factors from areas like Tampa as the most likely cause.
“The crime and drug culture that thrives in larger cities spill over into neighboring communities like Valrico. It is no surprise that STDs that are flourishing in those areas are spreading here too.”
For those seeking STD or HIV screening in Valrico, will need to travel to surrounding communities as Valrico has no clinics of its own.
The Florida Department of Health offers STD services through the University Area Health Center in Tampa. Also in Tampa is Planned Parenthood’s Tampa Health Center that may provide STD and HIV testing as well as other resources.
Suncoast Community Health Centers, Inc. offers STD testing services through its “Women’s Health” department. These services are available in Brandon through the Brandon Community Health Center.
Often, clinics will advertise free STD testing. While this may seem to be the best choice, it is important to remember that there may be hidden fees and while some tests may be free, they are not comprehensive.
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- Please contact the individual public clinic to confirm pricing. Test pricing at public clinics many times depend on income and welfare eligibility.