Wright, FL, is a suburb of Fort Walton, in Okaloosa County, that’s fighting an STD outbreak.
Gonorrhea infections are steadily increasing, with 138 in 2014 and 231 in 2018. The highest rate of infection was among men with 146 new cases per 100,000 people in 2018.
Infectious syphilis diagnoses were also rising fast with one new infection in 2014 and 21 in 2018. There’s also been a jump in early latent syphilis with four diagnoses in 2014 and 30 in 2018.
Chlamydia cases are also creeping up. In 2014, the county reported 869 infections, and in 2018, it had 1,102. The highest rate of infection was among women in 2018, with a rate of 414 new diagnoses for every 100,000 residents.
Public health officials in Fort Walton are urging sexually active persons to see their physician or go to a testing facility for regular STD tests to help stop the spread of these dangerous infections.
There are several locations in Wright and the surrounding areas that provide comprehensive STD testing. Many sites provide preventive care, treatment, and aftercare services.
CAN Community Health offers screenings at its Fort Walton Beach Center on Hurlburt Rd.
The Florida Department of Health in Okaloosa County operates the Fort Walton Beach Clinic on the corner of NE Hospital Dr and Staff Dr NE.
Some health centers may provide free STD testing. These clinics might not have a physician on staff to speak with patients and treatment could be a hidden charge that’s not included with testing. Additionally, they might not offer walk-in services.