Dickinson is a city in Galveston County and is located in the Houston–The Woodlands-Sugar Land metropolitan area. STD incidents in the past years within the county, for instance, HIV cases have dropped from 45 incidents occurring at a rate of 13.5 per 100000 population in 2017 to 35 new infections in 2018.
Chlamydia cases surged from 1,646 positive diagnoses at a rate of 492.4 per 100000 population in 2017 to 1,556 incidents at a rate of 460.5 in 2018.
Gonorrhea cases increased from 445 diagnoses at a prevalence rate of 133.1 per 100000 population in 2017 to 469 positive diagnoses at an occurrence rate of 138.8 per 100000 people.
Total Syphilis incidents reduced from 77 new infections in 2017 to 72 diagnoses in 2018, while Primary and Secondary Syphilis infections increased from 4 cases in 2017 to 12 incidents in 2018.
Galveston County Health District has a comprehensive HIV/STD program that provides multiple STD-related services, including STD testing and treatment as well as notification of partners to individuals who test positive for STDs, and PrEP. The program also caters to services, such as sexual health education and counseling as well as HIV prevention outreach house parties.
Some of the medical facilities people seeking low-cost or free STD testing services may opt for include Planned Parenthood – Prevention Park-Family Planning Health Center, AHF Wellness Center – Houston, and Grace Family Clinic.
Some of the clinics offering free STD services may have disadvantages such as unavailability of bookable appointments, and free services may depend on welfare eligibility and income.