Brownwood is a city in and the county seat of Brown County. The HIV prevalence rate has fluctuated over the years, with rates of 10.6 per 100,000 persons recorded in 2015, followed by a drop in rates to 0.0 per 100,000 individuals in 2016 and 2017. The rate of those diagnosed with HIV infections rose to 7.9 per 100,000 individuals in 2018.
Chlamydia rates have also fluctuated over the last couple of years with an increase from 277.7 per 100,000 individuals in 2012 to 536.0 per 100,000 persons in 2017, followed by a decrease to 432.4 per 100,000 individuals in 2018.
Gonorrhea rates in 2016 were recorded as 63.0 per 100,000 individuals, increasing by more than double to 140.0 per 100,000 persons in 2017, followed by a significant decrease to 34.3 per 100,000 in 2018.
The county rates of syphilis infections have also fluctuated from 5.3 per 100,000 individuals in 2015 to a high of 10.6 per 100,000 persons in 2017, before a sharp decrease to 2.6 per 100,000 individuals in 2018.
The Brownwood – Brown County Health Department has increased sexual health training among sexually active residents in efforts to mitigate against STD/HIV prevalence. It has also improved accessibility to safe sex supplies, including issuing free condoms to members of the public.
You can access STD/HIV testing services at some medical facilities in the Brownwood area such as Brownwood Regional Medical Center, Planned Parenthood – Mary Ruth Duncan Health Center, and One Source Express Care Clinic.
Also, some city hospitals offer free STD testing services however, walk-in options may not be available, and costs might not be upfront.