Sexually Transmitted Infections
The Florida Department of Health in Hardee County STD Program makes every attempt to stop the spread of STIs (Sexually Transmitted Infections) in the community. Cases of STI are treated with appropriate medications per CDC guidelines and contacts to STI are then identified and referred for treatment at the Health Department or their regular doctor’s office. The Florida Department of Health in Hardee County provides comprehensive STI screening and testing daily by appointment. Walk-ins are accepted and may be seen based on clinic availability, but scheduled appointments are preferred to decrease clinic wait time.
All STI services are confidential and minors can be seen without parental consent. Counseling is provided stressing safer sex practices for STI prevention. Testing for HIV, Syphilis, Gonorrhea, Chlamydia, and Hepatitis A, B, and C is available. Partner notification is also available through Disease Intervention Specialists. Test results can be given by phone under certain circumstances or in person at a follow up visit. Instructions for results by phone are provided during the clinic visit.
The 3T’s to prevent the spread of STD's
- Talk: Talk to your partner about protection, risk factors, and safer sex practices
- Test: Talk to your health care provider about getting tested for possible infections
- Treat: Complete all treatment as prescribed to cure the infection and avoid additional health problems
STIs can affect anyone of any age who is sexually active. Approximately 60% of all STIs are diagnosed each year in people between the ages of 15-24. Don’t be a statistic!