Travis County is ranked the second worst county in Texas for cases of Chlamydia, with 6,639 new cases reported in 2016.
There were 2,429 new cases of Gonorrhea reported in 2016, which is a higher number than any reported in that county for the last seven years. The state is also ranked third out of the 50 U.S. States for reported HIV cases and the Travis County Health Department doesn’t see this changing in the near future.
To help combat this growing health problem the city is working with health officials to encourage routine STD testing.
There are many testing options available in Austin, including some public ones like the Planned Parenthood on Research Boulevard which boasts plenty of parking in a tree filled lot or on 7th Street. Both options are easily accessible. With plenty of parking and accessibility, there is no reason for you to not keep up with your sexual health.
There are private options as well, such as on Balcones Drive or Cameron Road. These locations do require an appointment so be sure to call ahead. If finances are an issue, you can inquire about free STD testing when scheduling a visit to your clinic. You may have to wait for your results but at least you are taking the first step towards caring for your sexual health.