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By DOH-Santa Rosa

April 05, 2019

Milton, FL – Nearly 20 million new sexually transmitted infections (STI) occur in the United States every year, costing the American healthcare system nearly $16 billion in direct medical costs alone, says a report by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

America’s youth shoulder a substantial burden of these infections.  The CDC estimates that half of all new STDs in the country occur among young men and women aged 15 to 24. 

The high incidence of STIs in the general population suggests that many Americans are at risk of exposure to STDs, underscoring the need for prevention. 

Despite this news, there are effective ways to prevent, diagnose, and treat STDs.  STD screening and early diagnoses are essential in preventing transmission and the long-term health consequences of STDs. 

The Florida Department of Health in Santa Rosa County (DOH-Santa Rosa) offers STD screenings at its clinic in Milton.  Rendi Bonner, APRN, a Board Certified Family Nurse Practitioner, and Darla Spearing, a registered nurse with advanced training in STDs, provide testing, treatment, and education for clients who have been exposed, or may have been exposed, to a STD.  Patients are seen by appointment during regular business hours at the health department’s Milton location, 5527 Stewart Street.  All services are confidential.  To schedule an appointment, call 850-983-5200.

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