South Jacksonville Health Services
Jacksonville Beach has an independent municipal government, but it’s still part of Duval County, which has seen increases in the three most common STDs over the last several years. Among counties and independent cities in the United States, Duval County ranked 42nd for the number of reported chlamydia cases, 32nd for gonorrhea, and 41st for primary and secondary syphilis in 2018.
Duval County reported 7,979 chlamydia cases in 2019, translating to an infection rate of 821 per 100,000 residents. While this is much higher than the statewide rate of 525.5, cases in Duval County have gone up and down over the past decade instead of always increasing as in the state overall. Duval County saw relatively significant drops in cases in 2009 and 2012 and a minor decrease in 2014, with increases during the remaining years. Of the 2019 cases, chlamydia infections among men were significantly lower at 2,757 and a rate of 585.4 compared to 5,214 cases and a rate of 1,040.9 among women.
Gonorrhea diagnoses in Duval County hit an all-time high in 2019, with 4,022 cases translating to a rate of 413.9 per 100,000 residents, which was significantly higher than the statewide rate of 174.9. Except for slight dips in 2011 and 2012, gonorrhea cases in the county have increased every year over the past decade. Gonorrhea cases among women were higher than those among men from 2009 through 2011, but male diagnoses took the lead in 2012 and have increased much quicker through 2019. Gonorrhea infections in men reached 2,316 incidents in 2019 for a rate of 491.8, while infections in women reached 1,701 for a rate of 339.6.
Cases of infectious syphilis in Duval County saw a decline for four years straight, from 2009 to 2012, but infection rates have steadily increased every year since. In 2019, there were 230 cases, up from 191 in 2018. Cases among men were nearly three times higher than in women, with 171 infected males and 59 females in 2019. Early syphilis cases also increased every year since 2012, with 422 cases in 2019, up from 373 in 2018, which included 324 male and 98 female infections. Syphilis cases in all stages totaled 692, up from 606 in 2018, which included 483 male cases and 209 female cases.
STDs are serious illnesses and contagious even when a person isn’t experiencing any symptoms. Left untreated, they can cause a host of severe health problems, including infertility and a higher risk of contracting HIV. Testing is the only way to know for sure whether an STD is present, which is why several resources in and around the Jacksonville Beach area offer free or low-cost testing for the most common STDs.
Planned Parenthood operates the Jacksonville Health Center and offers HIV screening, and chlamydia, gonorrhea, syphilis, bacterial vaginosis, genital warts, herpes, and trichomoniasis testing and treatment. It provides male and female condoms, STD/safer sex education, and HPV vaccines. American Sign Language interpreters are available with interpretation for other languages available by phone. Clinic hours are Mondays from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., Tuesdays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Wednesdays and Thursdays from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Fridays from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., and every other Saturday.
5978 Powers Avenue
Jacksonville, FL 32217
Positive Health Alliance provides confidential HIV testing through conventional and rapid blood tests and disease management for those testing positive, regardless of their ability to pay. Individuals with negative results can get on PrEP to stay negative. It also offers confidential chlamydia, gonorrhea, syphilis, herpes, and hepatitis B and C screening with immediate treatment, regardless of a person’s ability to pay. Medical professionals and certified HIV counselors educate each patient on HIV and STDs. The clinic is open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
91 12th Street South
Jacksonville Beach, FL 32250
South Jacksonville Health Services is part of the Florida Department of Health in Duval County and provides STD testing for males and females, including chlamydia, gonorrhea, syphilis, herpes, and HIV tests. It also gives hepatitis A and B vaccines. The clinic accepts private insurance, Medicaid, and Medicare, with a low-cost sliding scale available to uninsured individuals. Appointments are required during clinic hours, which are Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
3225 University Boulevard South
Jacksonville, FL 32216
Hope Across the Globe offers free testing, treatment, prevention, education, and supportive services for HIV, hepatitis B and C, chlamydia, gonorrhea, syphilis, and herpes. It provides inpatient and/or outpatient care for patients diagnosed with HIV or other STDs and low- to no-cost medications, including PrEP. Clinic hours are Monday through Thursday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., and one Saturday per month from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Qualifying patients also may request free transportation to and from this clinic or other medical appointments.
6817 Southpoint Parkway, Suite 802
Jacksonville, FL 32216
CAN Community Health offers free confidential and anonymous HIV testing through conventional blood draw with results in about two weeks. Rapid HIV testing is also available but can’t be performed anonymously. It also provides free hepatitis C testing and STD testing and treatment for chlamydia, gonorrhea, and syphilis. Other services include hepatitis A and B vaccines, PrEP, HIV housing, support groups, and transportation. Spanish-speaking staff is available. Appointments are encouraged. Clinic hours are Monday through Thursday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Fridays from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
4615 Philips Highway
Jacksonville, FL 32207
AHF Wellness Center – Jacksonville offers free rapid blood HIV testing and free STD screening and treatment for chlamydia, gonorrhea, and syphilis. HIV disease management may be obtained at local AIDS Healthcare Foundation healthcare centers. AHF Wellness also provides hepatitis A and B vaccines, referrals to HIV/AIDS specialists, and information on cryotherapy treatment, STDs, and safer sex. Clinic hours are Wednesdays from 4 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. and Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
2 Shircliff Way
Jacksonville, FL 32204