Wellness Center in Broward County Offers Free HIV & STD Screenings

A partnership with AHF and Florida Department of Health in Broward County officially opened the new Broward County Wellness Center today

FORT LAUDERDALE (July 27) A ribbon cutting ceremony officially opened the new location for the Broward Wellness Center today. Broward Wellness Center is a partnership between AHF and Florida Department of Health in Broward County (DOH-Broward) and will offer free Sexually-Transmitted Disease (STD) and HIV testing and screening. Broward Wellness Center is located at 750 SE 3rd Avenue, Fort Lauderdale, FL, and is open Monday through Friday, 10am to 7pm. No appointment necessary. More information can be found at www.freeSTDcheck.org.

“We encourage our community to make HIV and STD testing a part of regular medical checkups. The Broward Wellness Center, a partnership between The Florida Department of Health in Broward County and AIDS Healthcare Foundation, will provide even greater access to sexual health services on a walk in basis at no cost,” stated Dr. Paula Thaqi, Director, Florida Department of Health in Broward County.

Services offered include: free Chlamydia screening and treatment; free Gonorrhea screening and treatment; free Syphilis screening and treatment and free HIV testing and linkage to HIV primary care.

In its five years of operation, the Broward Wellness Center has provided services to over 100,000 patients since it opened April 2013. At the Wellness Center there are disease intervention specialists from the DOH-Broward who work closely with providers to ensure that clients of the center receive high quality care.

“Broward Wellness Center is a great example of how public/private partnership can work. Government healthcare organizations and Technology companies are working together to deliver efficient, cutting edge services in large scale. I am proud of our work with Broward County Department of Health, Healthvana, Cepheid and Abbot and we look forward to doing more for our community,” stated Whitney Engeran, AHF Senior Director of Public Health

In addition to the new Broward County location, AHF operates a total of 21 Wellness Centers in 8 states including California, Ohio, New York, Washington DC, and Texas. More information and locations can be found at www.freeSTDcheck.org.