Return to site

April was STD Awareness Month

Outreach Community Care Network (OCCN) serves as a HIV/AIDS prevention and treatment community-based facility. OCCN also specializes and provides STD testing and treatment. Services are provided in Volusia and Flagler Counties.

 

Not in any specific order, but there are many reasons why it is important to provide STD Testing. The first reason is that STDs have a direct correlation with HIV/AIDS. According to Florida Department of Health (2017), Daytona Beach had a high rate of people living with HIV (PLWH). Based on race, Blacks make up 17.8% of the population, while Whites make up 72%. However, 49.5% of people living with HIV/AIDS are Blacks, while Whites make up 39.8% (FDOH, 2017).

The second reason is the correlation of sexual transmitted diseases and teen births. According to the Florida Department of Health (2018), sexual transmitted diseases are on the rise in Volusia and Flagler Counties. Additionally, 2168 individuals tested positive for a sexually transmitted disease in Volusia County, most ranging from the ages of 20 to 29. Blacks make up the highest race to test positive for either chlamydia, gonorrhea, or syphilis (FDOH). Females makes up 2/3 of the chlamydia cases. Blacks are significantly over-represented in STD numbers for all three diseases (FODH, 2018).

The last is the economic disparities. This is directly linked to the economic and poverty levels across race. Specifically, 31% of blacks and 26.3% of Hispanic residents in Volusia County live below the federal poverty level. Overall, there have been three distinct Risk Factors. They are:

  1. 25% of children live in poverty in Volusia County; 21% in Flagler
  2. 41% of children live in single-parent households; 36% in Flagler
  3. Violent crimes are high, 426 in 2017 leaving 83 injury deaths (County Health Rankings, 2018).

We were thankful for the National Coalition of STD Directors to assist us in our prevention efforts by donating 100 free Syphilis Health Check rapid tests to our facility. This donation assisted us in providing free STD testing and treatment for a full day at no charge to the patient, in recognition of STD Awareness month. It should be noted that two years ago, there was an outbreak of syphilis cases in Volusia County after being dormant for a few years. Since there was great participation and the need for testing, we provided an additional full day of free STD testing and treatment. This assisted community members and college students that could not afford to pay for testing or treatment. During our event, we also provided free HIV testing, condoms, and education on PrEP (Pre-exposure Prophylaxis). It was encouraged for individuals to bring their partners, and many did.

Outreach Community Care Network (OCCN) serves as a HIV/AIDS prevention and treatment community-based facility. OCCN also specializes and provides STD testing and treatment. Services are provided in Volusia and Flagler Counties.

All Posts
×

Almost done…

We just sent you an email. Please click the link in the email to confirm your subscription!

OK