West Melbourne, FL, a city in Brevard County, is experiencing a severe STD outbreak.
The county reported 472 gonorrhea cases in 2015, and in 2018, it went up to 482 new infections.
Infectious syphilis diagnoses are increasing steadily with 20 new cases in 2015 and 57 in 2018. In 2015, they reported 40 new early syphilis infections, and in 2018, it had 94. The county also had three congenital syphilis diagnoses.
Chlamydia infections are also rising fast with 1,747 new cases in 2015, and 2,059 in 2018.
County health officials are concerned about the growing number of new STD infections and are asking all sexually active community members to get tested for STD regularly and help stop the spread of these preventable diseases.
There are several health centers in West Melbourne and the surrounding areas that offer comprehensive STD testing. Many locations provide treatment and follow-up care in the same building.
Brevard Health Alliance Incorporated offers STI screenings on the corner of Silver Palm Ave and S Babcock St in Melbourne. This clinic is located near a pharmacy.
The Florida Department of Health in Brevard County operates the Melbourne Clinic on E University St.
Another option is the Project Response Incorporated Brevard County Office on S Appollo Blvd in Melbourne.
Some sites may offer free STD testing. These locations might ask for proof of income, and county clinics may need proof of address. Additionally, appointment times might be inconvenient, and walk-in services may not be possible.