Apopka Family Health Center
Forest City Health Center
According to the 2019 Florida Department of Health Charts, the three most prevalent STDs in Orange County were chlamydia, gonorrhea, and syphilis. All three STDs saw an increase in cases from 2018 to 2019.
The Florida Department of Health reported that Orange County had 10,453 cases of chlamydia in 2019, up from 9,888 in 2018. The entire state of Florida had 111,757 reported cases in 2019, up from 104,770 in 2018, which translates to 525.5 per 100,000 population statewide. Orange County’s numbers, 752.4 per 100,000, show that STDs were more prevalent in Orange County in comparison.
Reported cases of gonorrhea in Florida jumped from 20,944 in 2014 to 32,644 in 2018. By 2019, there were 37,207 reported cases of gonorrhea throughout the state. Of these, 3,275 cases were from Orange County. Although this accounted for less than 10% of the state’s total cases, Orange County had 235.7 per 100,000 people with the disease, while the entire state had 174.9 per 100,000.
Infectious syphilis includes primary and secondary syphilis, which is based on a person’s disease stage. After being largely on the decline since 1941, the number of syphilis cases is rising. Over the last decade, Orange County has seen a significant increase in cases. Syphilis cases jumped from 87 in 2010 to 313 in 2019, more than three and a half times the incidence.
Many STDs have no indications most of the time. When symptoms do occur, they’re often mild, and the person may not even realize they have an STD. Occasionally, symptoms will even come and go, but that doesn’t mean the STD has gone away on its own. Some STDs can cause serious health problems if left untreated, so it’s essential to catch them early. It’s also important to remember that STDs can be passed to others, even without symptoms. Testing is the only way to know for sure that you have an STD.
Sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) remain one of the most critical public health challenges facing the United States, with approximately 26 million new STD infections occurring every year. Nearly half of these new infections affect young people ages 15 to 24.
Community-based organizations are a vital first line of defense in the fight against STDs and HIV/AIDS in particular. They generate awareness and foster social change while providing access to testing and treatment.
You may not be aware of all the STD resources available in Apopka that can help prevent the spread of STDs. Get connected with these community organizations that are leading the fight against STDs and HIV/AIDS with resources and support:
The Florida Department of Health in Orange County provides testing for chlamydia, gonorrhea, syphilis, and HIV through its confidential walk-in, first-come, first-served clinic. Lab and test results are only available during clinic hours and won’t be given out over the phone. Results are only provided in person or via a coded text message if the patient signs consent for this service at the time of testing. Services are granted on a sliding scale fee, with everyone offered an application to determine eligibility. Fees are based on the services provided, and Medicaid and Medicare are accepted.
832 West Central Boulevard
Orlando, FL 32805
As one of the region’s largest not-for-profit providers of health and wellness services, Community Health Centers provide primary care to Central Florida’s diverse communities. The Apopka location offers testing and treatment for STDs for men and women, including testing for chlamydia, syphilis, and gonorrhea. It accepts Medicare, Medicaid, and most types of insurance plans, and offers a sliding scale discount program for patients with limited incomes. Sliding fee discounts benefit self-pay patients, and they can also be applied to deductibles for those with insurance.
225 East 7th Street
Apopka, FL 32703
Multiple Central Florida locations
Hope & Help is the primary partner for the Hope & Help 340B Program, which specializes in the prevention and treatment of HIV and STDs. The clinic offers free, confidential rapid HIV, syphilis, and hepatitis C testing through its HIV and STI prevention and outreach programs. Tests are available Monday through Friday, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., and no appointment is necessary. Hope & Help also offers non-rapid testing and treatment for HIV, syphilis, gonorrhea, chlamydia, hepatitis C, HPV, and herpes for a fee. The clinic accepts Medicare and most major health insurance plans and offers a sliding scale discount for eligible patients. It also offers support groups and mental health counseling.
4122 Metric Drive, #800
Winter Park, FL 32792
Miracle of Love offers free, confidential STD testing, including rapid HIV and hepatitis C testing, and syphilis, gonorrhea, and chlamydia testing. A rapid test option may also be available for syphilis. Otherwise, specimens for all non-rapid testing are sent to the Florida Department of Health, and results may take up to two weeks. Free rapid HIV and hepatitis C testing is available at the main office, Monday through Thursday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., and at Stafford House at 106 Columbia Street in Orlando from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m., Monday through Friday. Free STD testing is available at the main office on Fridays from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., by appointment only, and at Stafford House from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Fridays, and from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. on the first Saturday of each month.
741 West Colonial Drive
Orlando, FL 32804
Multiple Orange County locations
Planned Parenthood’s East Orlando Health Center offers confidential STD testing and treatment for chlamydia, gonorrhea, syphilis, bacterial vaginosis, genital warts, herpes, and trichomoniasis. HIV testing is also available, but treatment isn’t available. Some STD vaccines are also available, and counseling is provided by trained staff. Uninsured individuals may be eligible to receive financial assistance.
11500 University Boulevard
Orlando, FL 32817