Through a partnership with the Duval County Health Department, the Azalea Project now houses a nurse practitioner (ARNP) to treat various sexually transmitted infections (STIs) twice a week at their 8th street location.
The ARNP will perform counseling, STI testing and STI treatment to those in the surrounding community, as well as those referred by the health department. Clinic hours are Wednesdays and Fridays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
STIs and other pre-pregnancy infections are associated with pre-term birth and other poor outcomes. The Coalition’s Fetal & Infant Mortality Review Project identified STIs as a contributing factor to 16 percent of fetal and infant deaths from 2005 to 2010.
The initiative will also be a source to identify substance abusing and pregnant females for follow-up services. The Azalea Project provides outreach, education and support services to high-risk women of childbearing age who are in substance-involved families.