Benbrook, TX, a suburb of Fort Worth located in Tarrant County, is in the middle of an STD crisis.
In 2017, Tarrant County had the fifth-highest number of new chlamydia, gonorrhea, and syphilis cases in the state.
Chlamydia is on the rise in the area, with 8,330 new infections in 2014, and 8,387 in 2017.
Gonorrhea diagnoses are also increasing. In 2014, it reported 2,604, and three years later, it had 2,760 new infections.
Syphilis cases are growing, with 401 new ones in 2014, and 676 in 2017. Of those infections, 162 in 2014, and 194 in 2017 were primary and secondary cases.
County public health officials are concerned about the growing STD rate and are asking sexually active individuals to protect themselves and partners by seeking regular STI testing.
There are more than a dozen locations in Benbrook and the surrounding areas that provide comprehensive STD testing. Many sites include treatment and aftercare services in the same facility.
Planned Parenthood of Greater Texas offers screenings at the Southwest Fort Worth Health Center on John Ryan Dr. This is located across from the Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital.
Another option is the MHMR Tarrant Behavioral Health Services on the E Freeway in Fort Worth, and it’s accessible by public transportation.
The Collins Family Planning Clinic on SE Loop 820, in Fort Worth also offers STI services.
Some of these health centers provide free STD testing. These locations could ask for proof of income, and may not offer access to a physician to speak with by phone or on-site. Additionally, comprehensive testing might not be an option.