Winter Haven, FL — The Chain of Lakes City — is home to the LEGOLAND® Florida Resort. It is also a community with a growing STD problem.
In fact, its STD prevalence rate supersedes even that of Florida as a whole. During the five year period from 2013 to 2017, Winter Haven saw a 15.5% rise in this rate.
During this same period, the HIV prevalence rate also grew by 2.4%, similar to that of the state rate. This growth has not yet compelled Winter Haven’s HIV prevalence rate beyond that of Florida’s but it is getting closer.
“The growth of STD numbers in Winter Haven is not age specific. It is a growing problem across every age group that is truly disheartening.”
The community of Winter Haven offers people a number of choices for public STD screenings. These include the multitude of urgent care centers in the area such as Owl Now Urgent Care on Pope Avenue.
The Florida Department of Health in Polk County may also provide STD and HIV screenings and services. In fact, its Auburndale Clinic listed a number of STD tests during June of 2019.
Planned Parenthood does not have a Winter Haven location anymore. However, they offer the people of Winter Haven services through their Lakeland Center location.
Some clinics and providers may advertise free STD testing. While this may be a great opportunity, there are often many cons that make “free” less worthwhile. For example, these tests may only cover a few STDs, they may be offered at limited and inconvenient times, and they may take longer to get results.