Brandon Health Center
Palm River Community Health Center
Causeway Blvd Clinic
The three most common STDs in the Riverview area are chlamydia, gonorrhea, and syphilis. Residents in Hillsborough County report these infections at a high rate compared to the state as a whole.
In 2019, the Florida Health Department listed 9,132 chlamydia cases in Hillsborough County, which corresponds with a frequency of 632 infections per 100,000 people. This is quite a bit higher than the state rate of 526. This infection is considerably more common among females. In 2019, the rate for females in Hillsborough County was documented at 787 and males at 469. By comparison, that year, this infection was reported in Florida females at a frequency of 658. While females are more likely to be diagnosed with chlamydia, it’s important to note that occurrences in males have increased significantly in recent years. In 2009, there were 2,014 disclosed cases in Hillsborough County males, and in 2019, there were 3,318 cases.
Gonorrhea is reported in Hillsborough County at a higher rate than in Florida as a whole. As in the rest of the state, the county reported a jump in cases between 2018 and 2019, with the countywide rate going from 162 infections per 100,000 people in 2018 to 196 in 2019. By comparison, the state reported a rate of 156 in 2018 and 175 in 2019. While the number of infections among women in the county has remained fairly consistent over the years and is trending downwards statewide, cases among men have been rising. In 2006, there were 769 gonorrhea infections diagnosed in Hillsborough County males, and in 2019, there were 1,813 infections.
There were 897 total syphilis cases in Hillsborough County in 2019, a 226% increase over the number of infections disclosed in 2006. Of these cases, 490 syphilis infections were in the early stages. While this infection is reported at a slightly lower rate in Hillsborough County than in the state as a whole, cases have been on the rise year after year. In 2009, this infection was disclosed at a frequency of 19 infections per 100,000 people, and in 2019, it was reported at a rate of 34. Within the county, males made up over 90% of early syphilis cases.
STDs, such as gonorrhea and chlamydia, often don’t produce any symptoms, making them difficult to detect and more likely spread to others. The CDC recommends that all adults and adolescents be tested at least once in their lifetimes for HIV. Most people who are sexually active should be tested for STDs on an annual basis, or more often, depending on their risk exposure. The Riverview area is home to several clinics that provide free or low-cost STD testing, making it easy for residents to stay up-to-date on their status.
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 Riverview 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:
Riverview’s CVS MinuteClinic provides low-cost STD testing and treatment for individuals aged 18 and over. The clinic’s practitioners can review the results of a blood or urine sample collected from an outside lab to determine whether an individual has an STD. It provides treatment for positive results, which may include prescribing an antibiotic or an antiviral drug. Some STDs that clients can be treated for include chlamydia, gonorrhea, bacterial vaginosis, hepatitis, syphilis, and HPV. The clinic accepts insurance, and self-pay clients can pay by cash, check, or credit card. Appointments can be scheduled online or over the phone, and walk-ins are accepted.
5905 US Highway 301 South
Riverview, FL 33578
University Health Center is operated by the Florida Department of Health and is situated about 20 miles north of Riverview. Its STD clinic provides confidential, low-cost STD testing services for Riverview residents on a first-come, first-serve basis. Some STDs that clients may be tested for include gonorrhea, chlamydia, syphilis, and HIV. Wait times range between one to two hours, depending on what services are needed, and clients are encouraged to arrive as close to the opening time as possible. Services may be free, depending on household income, and no one is turned away due to inability to pay.
13601 North 22nd Street
Tampa, FL 33613
Tampa Family Health Centers, located 6 miles north of Riverview, provides STD and HIV testing, treatment, and counseling. The clinic accepts most private and public health insurance plans, and uninsured patients are offered discounted services on an income-based sliding fee schedule. Appointments are required for service and can be requested online or by calling the clinic. Other services available through the clinic include senior care, pediatric and adult dentistry, telehealth, wound care, and family medicine.
7608 Causeway Boulevard
Tampa, FL 33619
Suncoast Community Health Centers is located in Brandon, about 6 miles east of Riverview. This is a nonprofit Title X/Family Planning provider that offers a full array of reproductive health services, including access to birth control, free pregnancy testing, and screening and treatment for STDs. It accepts most types of health insurance, and for clients who don’t have health insurance, the clinic provides services on an income-based sliding fee scale. Appointments are required for services and can be made by calling the clinic.
313 South Lakewood Drive
Brandon, FL 33511
Midway Specialty Care Center’s Tampa clinic is a nonprofit provider about 20 miles west of Riverview that offers affordable primary care services, including STD and hepatitis testing and treatment. In addition to STD testing, the clinic’s doctors specialize in LGBTQ primary care, trans health services, HIV management, and women’s health. The clinic also has a full-service in-house pharmacy, making it convenient to fill prescriptions for antibiotics or antiviral medications. Appointments are required for service and can be scheduled via the online booking tool or over the phone.
3317 West Gandy Boulevard
Tampa, FL 33611
Tampa Health Center, located about 15 miles north of Riverview, is a Planned Parenthood clinic that provides STD services in-person or via telehealth. It offers screening, treatment, and counseling for a variety of STDs, including gonorrhea, syphilis, chlamydia, trichomoniasis, herpes, and hepatitis. Testing is conducted through blood tests, urine analysis, throat swabs, or exams, depending on the type of STD being tested for and whether the individual has symptoms, and results are available within a few days to a few weeks. Appointments are required and can be booked online or over the phone.
8068 North 56th Street
Tampa, FL 33617