Bexar County Department of Health reported an increase in HIV cases in Bexar County, home to Converse city. The infections multiplied to 5,710 at a rate of 372 in 2018 from the previous figure of 4,319 at a rate of 312 reported in 2014.
An upsurge of Chlamydia cases was noted in the county with the infections escalating from 10,383 at a rate of 616.0 in 2009 to 13,318 at a rate of 690.5 by 2016. There was also an upward trend of Gonorrhea cases with the infections gaining from 3,398 at 201.6 in 2009 to 4,357 at a rate of 225.9 in 2016.
Syphilis infections had lower rates compared to the other STIs, but they still rose from 709 at a rate of 42.1 in 2009 to 975 at a rate of 50.6 by 2016.
Bexar County Department of Health has adopted an effective strategy of reducing the spread of HIV/STD infections which involves identifying and providing treatment for infected persons and their partners, and distributing condoms, lubes, and sexual educational pamphlets to individuals susceptible to HIV/STD infections.
You can take charge of your sexual life by visiting clinics in Converse like Planned Parenthood – Perrin Beitel Road Health Center and MedPost Urgent Care of Converse. You may also check your HIV/STD status at the Northeast Methodist Hospital or Northeast Baptist Women’s Clinic.
There are some clinics in Bexar city that offer free STD testing to encourage sexually active people to get tested regularly. However, hours and days of the clinic operations may vary, and a doctor’s consultation may not be available.