Venice, FL, a city in Sarasota County, is experiencing an STD epidemic that’s been steadily increasing over the past several years.
In 2012, Sarasota had 13 new cases of infectious syphilis, and in 2018, it had 79. Early latent syphilis cases also increased with 18 diagnoses in 2012, and 144 in 2018.
There were 997 chlamydia diagnoses in 2012, and in 2018, they reported 1,157 new infections. The majority of chlamydia infections in 2018 were women, with 745, compared to men with 412 of the 1,1578 new diagnoses.
Gonorrhea cases were also on the rise with 240 in 2012, and 367 in 2018. New infections in 2018 were close to even among men and women, with 195 male and 172 female diagnoses.
State public health officials want to reduce the increasing number of STD infections in Venice, FL, and Sarasota County through preventive care and are asking sexually active individuals to get regular STI screenings.
Venice has several locations that offer comprehensive STD testing. Many sites include counseling, preventive services, treatment, and follow-up care.
The Florida Department of Health in Sarasota County operates the North Port Health Center on the corner of Outreach Way and Pan American Blvd in North Port. This clinic is located on a public bus route.
CAN Community Health is another option that offers screenings at the Comprehensive Care Center on Tamiami Trail in North Port.
Some facilities may offer free STD testing. These sites might charge for treatment and aftercare services, and urgent care appointments may not be available. Additionally, they might ask for proof of income.