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Free STD Testing Available Across South Florida

South Florida continues to have the highest new HIV case rates in the country.
Nicolas Z. Erwin
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South Florida continues to have the highest new HIV case rates in the country.

April is Sexually Transmitted Disease (STD) Awareness Month across the country and the Florida Department of Health is offering free testing in all South Florida counties.

According to the state's Division of Disease Control and Health Protection, the Sunshine State is seeing a rise in cases of chlamydia, gonorrhea and HIV. Florida is ranked third in the country for new cases of HIV infections in the country, and Miami-Dade and Fort Lauderdale have the highest rates of new infections of any metro area in the U.S.

WLRN reported last year that Miami had a new HIV rate nearly four times the national average: 54 new diagnoses of the virus for every 100,000 people—the highest new HIV rate in the country.

Here is a list of free testing sites in South Florida counties. Miami-Dade County:

Care Resources located at 3801 Biscayne Blvd, Suite 220. Testing is available on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays from 8:30 a.m.-5:00 p.m. and Wednesdays from 8:30 a.m.-6:45 p.m.

The Little Havana Care Resources office is located at 1901 SW 1st St, 3rd floor, and testing is on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 9 a.m.-4 p.m.Broward County:

Care Resources located at 871 W Oakland Park Boulevard, Fort Lauderdale. Testing is done on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursday and Fridays from 8:30 a.m.- 4:45 p.m. and Wednesdays from 8:30a.m.- 6:30 p.m. 

Broward Wellness center located at 750 S.E Third Avenue, 1st floor, Fort Lauderdale. Testing is available Monday through Friday from 10:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. Phone contact: (954)783-8378

Monroe County:

Guidance Care Center (Marathon), 3000 41st street, Ocean Marathon, Florida. Hours of operation are 8 a.m.- 5 p.m. Monday-Friday.

Guidance Care Center (Key West), 1205 4th street, Key West. Hours of operation are 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Friday.

Guidance Care Center (Key Largo), 99198 Overseas Hwy, Suit 5, Key Largo. Hours of operation are 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Friday.

Palm Beach County:Community Health Center of West Palm Beach is located at 2100 W. 45th Street, West Palm Beach, Phone: 561-840-8681. Hours of operations are Monday-Thursday 8 a.m.-1 p.m. and 4pm-8 p.m.

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Terrisa Mark is a University of Miami student, currently completing her Master of Arts degree in journalism.