A service director for the Galveston County Health Department isn’t surprised by the increase in chlamydia rates. It is the most common STD in the U.S. after all. According to statistics, sexually transmitted diseases have been on the rise in Galveston for the last ten years. Possible factors include, but are not limited to: the ease of finding sexual partners online, the rising population of Galveston, and younger people becoming sexually active.
Because of its proximity to Houston, Galveston shares many of the same issues as its nearest expansive metropolitan area. According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, the figures as of 2017 indicate a combined 2.3 million reported cases of chlamydia, gonorrhea, and syphilis. This represents a 10% increase from 2016 and is on par with national trends.
With over a thousand new diagnosis of HIV per year in the area and rising, Galveston County must contend with an elevated risk of contracting a Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV), as well as other STDs.
Doctors at the city of Galveston’s Health Department state that while these trends primarily affect younger adults, that everyone who is sexually active needs to be screened in order to bring those numbers down.
One affordable option in your area that offers same-day testing is Affinity Urgent Care on 61st street. They provide testing for: chlamydia, gonorrhea, syphilis, HIV, genital herpes, HPV, and trichomoniasis. No appointment necessary, but there may be a wait time, so consider calling first. For cheap options or to find free testing, you may have better luck heading off the island and into the greater Houston area.
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