The latest report regarding the number of new STD cases in Florida has just been released, and it contains worrying figures for Hillsborough County. Figures for all STDs are on the rise but there has been a significant increase in the number of new cases of Chlamydia. The source of these figures is the Florida Department of Health.

Cases of Chlamydia across the whole of Florida rose from 42,000 in 2003 to 77,000 in 2012. Hillsborough County alone reported 7,100 cases in 2012. There were also increases in the cases of Gonorrhea and Syphilis.

Dr. Jose De La Rocha has a walk-in clinic in Tampa, and he has seen first-hand the rapid increase in the cases of STDs that has occurred over the last few years, and in the latest two years in particular. His career has spanned 22 years, and he has never seen a situation like this previously.

Dr. De La Rocha believes that there are two main factors that have led to the rise in the number of STD cases. People are much more sexually active, then they have been in the past and if precautions are not taken, then it is easy for infections to spread. Secondly, the education that young people receive, both from their parents and at school, may not be good enough so that they properly understand the health risks of contracting STDs. 


People from all backgrounds and of all ages have been treated by Dr. De La Rocha in his clinic, and he believes that the problem will only get worse if people do not seek treatment as the infections will continue to spread. Health officials agree that better education is needed to prevent the situation from worsening further.