The seat of Hidalgo County, Edinburg, is just north of Reynosa Mexico and McAllen Texas—the largest population in the county. A 90 minute drive to the Gulf of Mexico lands you on South Padre Island or a two-hour jaunt north can put you in beautiful coastal Corpus Christi. While The Lone Star State has seen quite the increase in many sexually transmitted diseases and infections, the Edinburg area shows a different trend.
STDs including: chlamydia, gonorrhea, syphilis, pelvic inflammatory disease, and more; Edinburg has managed to keep its transmission and infection rates comparatively stable. High, particularly for women, PoC, and anyone aged 15-24, but stable relatively.
Medical professionals of Edinburg stress the importance of regular STI screenings to keep these rates stable and even work towards decreasing outbreaks.
One potential reason for that stability is access to the half dozen affordable clinics in the area. All of which are located northwest of the 69C/Highway 2 interchange. From the Student Health Center and Access Esperanza Clinics on the north side of town (there’s one further south too), into downtown where there is Juanny’s Professional Lab and Westbrook Clinic (Valley AIDS Council).
The screening options in Edinburg are better than in many other parts of the state, but it is still wise to call and make sure they have same day appointments available. Some locations offer free std testing, particularly during April—STD/STI awareness month—and can even offer results in as little as 1-2 days. Further affordable options may be available to students of the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley on west University drive. Check your campus calendar for more info.
To find the best services and location for you, use our search tools below to compare location features across Edinburg clinics with our easy-to-read chart.