What are the STI test options in Baytown,TX?
As part of the Houston metropolitan area, Baytown shares that city’s STD problems to an extent. And Houston has the most STD cases of any city in Texas (though others have higher rates). In 2017, 1,104 people in Harris County were diagnosed with HIV, at a rate of 23.7 per 100K people. That year, there were 25,670 people living with HIV or AIDS in Harris County, with a prevalence rate of 551.7. 78.8% of HIV-positive individuals in Texas that year were men.
Also in 2017, 26,585 people in Harris County were diagnosed with chlamydia, at a rate of 571.4 per 100K people (the Texas rate was 511.6). The rates for gonorrhea and syphilis were 182.1 and 59.3.
Health officials urge every sexually active person to be tested regularly, even if they don’t see any symptoms. Many STIs are asymptomatic at the beginning, but they can cause major damage if left untreated, plus you could be infecting more people.
There are only a few STD-testing clinics in Baytown, but there are more options in Houston if you can get there (it can also be easier to find free STD testing in larger cities). AFC Urgent Care Baytown, on TX-146, does STI testing. The Harris County Public Health and Environmental Services Baytown Clinic tests for HIV, chlamydia, gonorrhea, herpes, and syphilis. They are located on Red Bluff Rd. The fee is based on your income.
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