In 2017, the Centre for Disease Control (CDC) warned that Williamson County, where Georgetown is located was sliding backward in the fight against STDs and HIV/AIDS.
According to the Williamson County Health Profile data, the county had much lower STD rates compared to other Texas counties though an increase in the STD rates over the past few years showed that Georgetown was lagging.
According to the data, the incidence rate of Gonorrhea was 76.7 cases per 100,000 people. Syphilis cases, on the other hand, accounted for 14.2 cases per 100000 people
The total Chlamydia rates stood at 254.4 cases per 100,000 people with the numbers projected to increase if the residents and community health organizations could not put extra effort in creating awareness and the need for people to know their HIV and STD status.
“We can attribute the uptrend in STD’s particularly Syphilis to social media; people are getting into new relationships with strangers through social media.” Michael R. Thomas, M.P.H., a CDC Public Health Advisor.
Georgetown has plenty of public and private STD testing clinics that offer testing and treatment services. Some of the public STD testing facilities may offer free STD testing though results might not be immediate, and doctor consultation might come at an extra charge.
Some of the public facilities are Williamson County and Cities Health District Georgetown Clinic, Lone Star Circle of Care Lake Aire Medical Centre and Williamson County and Cities Health District Round Rock Public Health Centre.
You can also visit Williamson County and Cities Health District Cedar Park Clinic and Community Care Health Centers Pflugerville Health Center, where no appointment is required.