What are the STI test options in Houston,TX?
In Houston alone there are 29,408 cases of AIDS, which makes up 92% of the known cases in Harris County. As a state, Texas ranked third in a list of the worst U.S. states for new cases of HIV. The statistics for other STDs are not any better and this includes those for Chlamydia, Gonorrhea and Syphilis.
These rates are rising, especially among teens and young adults.
The Harris County Health Department is addressing the surge in sexually transmitted diseases, especially regarding teens and young adults. According to their statistics, these demographics are the ones most at risk, and this is why they have implemented campaigns that include everything from free STD testing to condoms and educational pamphlets. The downside is that these services might not always be available at times that are convenient for you and there could also be long lines to get in.
There are special clinics dedicated specifically to testing teens for STDs in the Houston area. If you’re a teen, keep in mind that while these locations are available and affordable or even free, by Texas law you must have parental consent to be tested.
There are many private and public testing centers available in Houston, including Planned Parenthood on Northwest Freeway and one on Bellaire Boulevard. Many private options are available as well, including a location on Chimney Rock Road, Westheimer Road, and more.
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- Please contact the individual public clinic to confirm pricing. Test pricing at public clinics many times depend on income and welfare eligibility.