Leesburg Health Center
Wildwood Satellite Clinic
The Villages is a census-designated community in Sumter County where syphilis is the third-most reported STD, but infection rates are climbing faster than the top two STDs. The numbers of chlamydia and gonorrhea cases have fluctuated over the past several years but show a disturbing trend of steady diagnosis rates over the past decade.
Sumter County’s documented chlamydia cases have risen and fallen numerous times over the last 10 years. In 2019, cases were down nearly 13% compared to 2018, while 2018 numbers were more than 6% higher than 2017. Regardless, the rate of chlamydia infections is an ongoing concern to health officials. Chlamydia infections among women have typically doubled those in men and have been nearly three times higher in some years. The 20 to 24 age group had the highest incidence of infection, which was about 36.5% of all cases and equal to the percentage of cases among everyone aged 25 and older.
In 2019, gonorrhea cases in Sumter County were 40% lower than in 2018, with 2018 down by more than 11% compared to 2017. However, total gonorrhea cases in 2019 were higher than those reported in 2014, 2015, and 2013 showing a concerning trend. The ratio of male to female infections has been relatively close throughout the years, often trading places as the sex with the highest count. In 2019, male cases were about 18% higher than female cases, while female diagnoses outnumbered those in men by a single case the previous year.
Syphilis infections in all stages quadrupled over the last 10 years, including a jump of about 45% in 2019 compared to the previous year. Infections among men have outnumbered women for the past decade, except in 2012 when female cases took the lead by one. In recent years, the male/female ratio has been significantly skewed toward men, with males accounting for 93.75% of all cases in 2019, compared to a single documented female case that year. Reported cases of primary and secondary syphilis, the most infectious of all stages, were the same in 2019 as 2018. In both years, all primary and secondary diagnoses were among men.
Untreated STDs can cause long-term harm to your body, such as infertility, blindness, organ damage, increased cancer risk, and reduced life expectancy. If you’re sexually active, it’s vital to your overall health to get tested regularly, which is why resources in and around The Villages offer free or low-cost STD testing. The only way to know for sure if you’ve contracted an STD is through reliable screening.
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 The Villages 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’s Wildwood Satellite Clinic, located about six miles from The Villages, provides hepatitis A, B, and C testing at no charge. You can receive low-cost chlamydia, gonorrhea, herpes, HIV, and syphilis testing and treatment. The clinic accepts insurance, Medicaid, and Medicare. You may qualify for reduced rates if you’re uninsured, based on a sliding scale. All services are confidential and available Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. by appointment only.
104 Rutland Street
Wildwood, FL 34785
The Florida Department of Health in Lake County offers confidential STD services at the Leesburg Health Center, about 13 miles away from The Villages. You can receive low-cost testing, treatment, and counseling for chlamydia, gonorrhea, herpes, HIV, and syphilis. The clinic provides partner notification, HPV and hepatitis A and B vaccines, free hepatitis B and C testing, and free condoms. It accepts insurance, Medicaid, and Medicare and offers sliding scale fees if you’re uninsured. Clinic hours are Tuesdays and Thursdays from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. by appointment only.
2113 West Griffin Road
Leesburg, FL 34748
The CVS MinuteClinic has low-cost chlamydia, gonorrhea, HIV, hepatitis B and C, and syphilis testing services, with samples sent to an outside laboratory but reviewed in-house. MinuteClinic providers offer treatment recommendations, which may include a prescription. You can receive HPV and hepatitis A and B vaccines. It takes most insurance, Medicare, and Medicaid. This MinuteClinic only accepts walk-ins, with clinic hours Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m., Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., and Sundays from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
5208 East County Road 466
The Villages, FL 32162
Paramount Urgent Care provides confidential testing for HIV, gonorrhea, chlamydia, syphilis, trichomonas, bacterial vaginosis, herpes type 1 and 2, and hepatitis A, B, and C. All its lab work is performed in-house using state-of-the-art equipment and the most current technology to ensure accurate, timely results. You can discuss your condition and treatment options with its knowledgeable providers. Paramount accepts a broad array of insurance plans. You can schedule an appointment or visit this location without an appointment. Clinic hours are 9 a.m. to 7 p.m., daily.
805 East County Road 466
Lady Lake/Villages, FL 32159
Community Health Centers’ Leesburg location offers low-cost chlamydia, gonorrhea, herpes, syphilis, and HIV testing. It provides HPV and hepatitis A and B vaccines. It accepts insurance, Medicare, and Medicaid, or you may qualify for a sliding scale fee if you’re uninsured. Appointments are required, and you must enroll as a patient to receive services. Clinic hours are Mondays from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., Tuesdays to 7 p.m., Wednesdays and Thursdays from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Fridays from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.
225 North 1st Street
Leesburg, FL 34748