West Pensacola, FL, a city in Escambia County, is in the midst of a dangerous STD outbreak.
In 2015, the county reported a rate of 191 new gonorrhea cases per every 100,000 people, and in 2018, it jumped to 222. The rate of new infections was higher among men, with 230 gonorrhea diagnoses for every 100,000 residents in 2018.
The rate of new chlamydia cases in 2014 was 594 infections for every 100,000 individuals, and in 2018, it went up to 666. In 2018, the rate was higher among women, with 898 new diagnoses for every 100,000 people.
The rate of new infectious syphilis diagnoses is on the rise with nine new cases for every 100,000 residents in 2014, growing to 15 in 2018.
Escambia County and local health officials in Pensacola are concerned about the increasing STD rates. They’re asking all persons that are sexually active to seek regular STI screenings and help stop the spread of these diseases.
There are over a dozen health centers in West Pensacola and the surrounding areas that provide comprehensive STD testing. Many sites offer treatment, counseling, and follow-up care at the same location.
Oasis Florida offers screenings on E Wright St in Pensacola.
The Baptist Health Care provides STI services at its Lakeview Center on N Pensacola Blvd. A back entrance is located on Marcus Pointe Blvd.
Some clinics may offer free STD testing. These locations could ask for proof of income, and same-day STI screenings might not be available. Additionally, patients may encounter hidden fees for treatment and aftercare.