Bellaire, TX, is a city located in the southwest of Harris County. The county has registered statistical variations in the number of STD incidents over the past few years.
In 2017, for instance, the number of HIV new cases was 1,095, occurring at a rate of 23.5 per 100000 population, and it increased to 1,193, at a rate of 25.4 per 100000 people in 2018.
Chlamydia incidents rose from 26,540 infections at a rate of 569.0 per 100000 population in 2017 to 27,415 positive diagnoses at a rate of 583.5 per 100000 population in 2018.
Total Syphilis cases spiked from 2761 positive diagnoses at a rate of 59.2 per 100000 population in 2017 to 3251 infections happening at 69.2 per 100000 people in 2018. Primary and Secondary Syphilis incidents, on the other hand, surged from 326 cases at a rate of 7.0 per 100000 population to 564 infections at a rate of 12.0 per 100000 population.
Gonorrhea incidents spiraled from 8448 positive diagnoses in 2017 to 8730 infections in 2018.
Harris County Public Health curbs HIV/STD infections through programs such as the HIV/STD Prevention Program, which caters to free HIV and Syphilis testing, counseling, and education services. The Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program offers social support and medical care services to HIV-positive individuals with low income.
Planned Parenthood – Southwest Health Center, AHF Wellness Center – Houston, and St. Hope Foundation are some facilities that may offer Bellaire’s residents and visitors low-priced or free STD testing services.
Free STD service-facilities may have some setbacks such as non-upfront medical fees and delayed test results.