What are the STI test options in Brownsville,TX?
In 2017, there were 827 people living with HIV or AIDS in Cameron County, with a prevalence rate of 195.2 per 100K people, just over half of the Texas rate of 320.4. Those rates are not that high, but health officials are most worried about who is affected by them.
In the Rio Grande Valley, one out of every five new HIV cases is a teen.
Health officials say that insufficient sex education is largely to blame, as youth do not know how to protect themselves. They urge parents to talk to their children about sex, STDs, and protection, no matter how uncomfortable the conversation is.
Once someone is tested and found to be positive, medication can suppress the virus, making it less likely to be passed on. But first, one must be tested. In 2017, 2,083 people in Cameron County were diagnosed with chlamydia, at a rate of 491.6 per 100K people, just a bit under Texas’s rate of 511.6. The county’s gonorrhea and syphilis rates were 66.6 and 36.3.
There are not many clinics in Brownsville, but there is a regional clinic that offers free STD testing. The schedule is a bit irregular, as they move to different venues. Keep in mind that public clinics typically have long waits. There is also a Planned Parenthood on Alton Gloor Blvd. They test for STIs and treat all except HIV, and the fee is on a sliding scale.
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- Please contact the individual public clinic to confirm pricing. Test pricing at public clinics many times depend on income and welfare eligibility.