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FREE STD Testing

September 4, 2018
Sexually transmitted disease infection rates continue to rise in Polk County, and the most recent reports released by the Centers for Disease Control show that all age groups continue to be at risk for contracting a sexually transmitted disease.
 
At Options for Women,  we are proud to offer FREE STD testing to anyone in the community who is seeking it. While our primary purpose is as a pregnancy help clinic serving women facing unplanned pregnancies and offering life-affirming services, women and men of all ages can come to our clinics in Bartow or Lakeland, or at our satellite clinic at The DREAM Center, to receive FREE limited panel STD testing.
 
Sexually active people ages 15-24 contract nearly half of all newly diagnosed STDs, so it is especially important that people in this age group seek out testing. In 2016, sexually active 15-24-year-olds represented 63% of all reported Chlamydia cases in the United States. And the rates of gonorrhea infections continue to rise in this age group, as well.
 
There are several reasons that may contribute to the higher infection rate among this age group. First, many young people often lack transportation to testing facilities, and then lack the funds needed to pay for these tests. It may also be difficult to schedule appointments around school and work schedules. Additionally, many fear a lack of confidentiality and may be embarrassed to seek out treatment. If they have to submit under their parent's insurance plan, they may opt to avoid testing. 
 
As we saw the increased infection rates in the most recent CDC reports, we knew we had to do something to help those in our community in need of testing. Options for Women offers three locations for patients to seek out STD testing regularly and also offers on-campus testing on college campuses throughout the school year. Testing is free and confidential, for both men and women. 
 
Lakeland Clinic:
4435 Florida National Drive
Lakeland, FL 33813
Monday – Wednesday and Friday: 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Tuesday: 1 p.m. – 6 p.m.
Click here to make an appointment.
 
Bartow Clinic
495 E. Summerlin Street
Bartow, FL 33860
9:30 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Click here to make an appointment.
 
The DREAM Center of Lakeland
635 W. 5th Street
Lakeland, FL 33805
Mondays: 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
 
Patients can call Options for Women at 863-393-6988 or email us at ofw@optionsforwomenphc.com to make your free appointment today.
 
 
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