Harlingen lies in the Rio Grande Valley—as its 4th largest city, in fact. Harlingen is also the 2nd largest city in Cameron County. They do say everything is bigger in Texas, but health officials for Cameron County would prefer to keep rates of sexually transmitted diseases on the smaller side. There were 795 new HIV cases in 2015 in the Harlingen area. That’s a prevalence rate of 244 per 100,000 people. If you’re at risk for contracting HIV, talk to your doctor about PrEP.
Being a larger city, it makes sense that Cameron County reported more chlamydia cases than surrounding counties. With 1,782 new diagnoses of the most common bacterial infection in the United States, putting their rate at 423.9 per 100K.
The rate of gonorrhea in Cameron for 2017 was 66.6 per 100,000, the highest rate the area has seen since 2013. For primary and secondary syphilis, the rate matched those from 2012 and 2013 at 0.5 per 100K.
If you are in Harlingen and looking to get tested, you have affordable options near you. Walk-ins are welcome at Westbrook Clinic on Camelot Plaza, but appointments are recommended to avoid long wait times. They offer STD/HIV testing, but you may need to sign up as a new patient first. They also provide free condoms and safer sex kits. Another option is the Planned Parenthood on Sunshine Strip. They test for the following STIs: chlamydia, gonorrhea, genital warts, herpes, trichomoniasis, HIV (testing only), bacterial vaginosis (BV), and syphilis. To see if you’re eligible for free STD testing contact the Harlingen Public Health Center.
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