Other than the technologically and economically interesting history of Hill Tower, Cedar Hill is also an outdoor enthusiasts’ ideal setting. This subtropical sprawl offers mild winters and affordable cost of living within an easy commuting range of the Dallas/Ft. Worth area. But that convenience comes with risk, as the region saw one of the most drastic surges in STD transmission in recent years.
Dallas County saw the highest increase of cases of chlamydia and gonorrhea in the nation, according to a Health Testing Centers analysis of the 2017 Sexually Transmitted Disease Report by the Centers of Disease Control.
With Syphilis rising 40% higher than the national average, Chlamydia 29% and Gonorrhea approximately 37%. Worse still, more than 2,500 people were denied service or turned away because of insufficient availability of appointments.
Dr. Philip Huang—the newest County Health Director—is in the process of expanding clinical service capacity. He estimates that between up to 200-400 patients were turned away each month over a two year period. Before he took the position he says he even tried to call in to see what the appointment wait time was. He waited on hold for over an hour and never was able to get through.
There are affordable screening options in Cedar Hill. PrimaCare Medical Center and Planned Parenthood – Cedar Hill Health Center are right next to each other just off J Elmer Weaver Freeway, and there are more in the Dallas Fort Worth area, but wherever you choose, call in advance and make an appointment, to better assure and ensure that you are seen in a timely manner. For free testing, check out local events in your community—especially during April for STD awareness month.
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