The term Sexually Transmitted Disease (STD) is used to cover more than 25 infectious organisms that are spread through sexual activity. STDs are almost always spread from person to person by sexual activity. These infections are most easily spread by vaginal or anal intercourse, and sometimes by oral sex. Some STDs can also be spread through blood, particularly among intravenous (IV) drug users who may be sharing drug equipment (needles, syringes, or “works”). In addition, pregnant women with STDs may pass their infection to infants in the uterus, during birth, or through breast-feeding.
Most people with STDs have no symptoms. Without treatment these diseases can lead to major health problems such as not being able to get pregnant (infertility), permanent brain damage, heart disease, cancer, and even death. If you think you have been exposed to a sexually transmitted disease, you and your partner(s) should visit your primary healthcare provider or another community provider for testing and treatment.
The Florida Department of Health in Broward County is transitioning Sexually Transmitted Disease (STD) clinical services to AIDS Healthcare Foundation (AHF) effective APRIL 1, 2013. This means that the Florida Department of Health in Broward County will no longer provide diagnosis and treatment for sexually transmitted diseases in its clinic.
Instead, effective April 1, 2013, clients seeking free sexually transmitted disease services may be referred to:
Broward Wellness Center
305 South Andrews Avenue
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33301
Tuesday – Friday
Noon to 9:00PM
Services are confidential, free of charge to the patient and are offered on a walk-in basis.
The Florida Department of Health in Broward County will continue to provide STD partner notification services and will receive and investigate all positive STD laboratory results in Broward County. Clients may access their medical records by contacting the Florida Department of Health in Broward County.