Winter Springs, FL, a city in Seminole County that borders Lake Jesup and the Spring Hammock Preserve, is in the midst of an STD outbreak. Chlamydia cases are skyrocketing in the county. Over five years, between 2014 and 2018, the number of new diagnoses jumped from 1,469 to 1,984.
Gonorrhea is also on the rise with new infections increasing from 303 in 2014 to 646 or more than double in 2018. Syphilis is also creeping up with 27 new diagnoses in 2015 rising to 36 in 2018. The county only had two reported cases of congenital syphilis between 2006 and 2016. From 2017 to 2018, they had four newborns with the dangerous infection.
The state and county health department in Seminole County is concerned about the rising number of congenital syphilis infections. Pregnant women with this infection have a high rate of stillborn births and the babies that are born with it have an increased chance of having lifelong disabilities.
There are several locations in and near Winter Springs that offer comprehensive STD testing and related services such as treatment, follow-up care, and help with partner notifications.
Walk-in services are available at the CareNow Urgent Care facility on the corner of Route 419 and Cliff Rose Dr in Winter Springs. CrewHealth in nearby Orlando offers screenings on Commodity Cir, which is located next door to the Florida Municipal Power Agency.
Yes, there may be sites that offer free STD testing. These clinics will require proof of income, and there’s no guarantee you’ll get same day walk-in services.