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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STD Statistics In Harris County, TX



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Additional STD Test Statistics in Houston, TX

Houston is the fourth largest city, and it also has one of the highest percentages of sexually transmitted diseases in the state. Statistics show that STDs have been steadily increasing over the past twenty years, and Harris County health officials were surprised to learn that one of the infections on the rise is Syphilis. Houston and surrounding Harris County reported 380 diagnoses for this STD in 2008, and the numbers are expected to continue to rise.

Other sexually transmitted diseases also increasing in and around the greater Houston metro area included Chlamydia, Gonorrhea, and HIV. With these and other STDs steadily increasing in Houston, testing should be routine. Some of the other recently released statistics include:

  • Chlamydia rates for Houston and Harris county rose from 367 in 2000 to an estimated 500 in 2010.
  • The majority of those infected with Chlamydia remain women 25 years and younger.
  • Gonorrhea did drop slightly between 2000 and 2005, but statistics released for 2010 show that this STD is on the rise.
  • Surprisingly more men were diagnosed with first and secondary Syphilis than women in a ten year period between 2000 and 2010.

Houston and Harris county have a Chlamydia rate significantly higher than the nation average with over 800 new diagnoses in 2009 compared to slightly over 600 for the country.

While the increase in Syphilis has some health officials beginning to take notice, many feel like this is not enough. Regular STD testing can help to slow and even prevent the spread of all of the sexually transmitted diseases, including deadly HIV/AIDS which is also on the rise.

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STD Testing and Sexual Health Education in Houston, TX

The city of Houston follows the federal abstinence only program in its independent school district, and some state and local officials are realizing that this might not be enough to protect students from contracting a STD. While the current program does ask teens to refrain from having sexual intercourse, the rising number of teen pregnancies and low graduation rates seem to show that this policy is not effective as hoped for.

Added to the problem is the growing outcry among state and city leaders to defund the few testing facilities in the city. As Houston sees more and more of its clinics closing, it is harder for teens and adults to get tested regularly.

The lack of sexual education in the schools also means that many students and their parents are not aware that some of these diseases can be spread through various methods. Some, such as Herpes and HIV, can be passed by  casual contact, even when there are not any symptoms present. This makes regular Herpes testing in Houston more important than ever, and it can even stop flareups.

Regular HIV testing in Houston is also vital, especially since it can turn into AIDS.

Sexually Transmitted Diseases and Demographics in Houston, TX

The city of Houston has a diverse population that plays a role in the rise number of STDs reported each year. Along with cultural differences, the strong religious and conservative upbringing of many Houstonians are slowing the efforts to implement sexual education programs in city schools.

Gender is also a factor in the STD rates, with women still being more likely to contract Chlamydia and Gonorrhea. Men are at a greater risk of developing HIV and both types of Syphilis, though this is not to say that either sex is not at risk for contracting any STD. Part of the discrepancy is attributed to cultural stereotypes, and simple embarrassment.

Houston’s large Asian and Hispanic culture are often wary of health care workers and tests, and many teens simply cannot admit that they are sexually active without fear of punishment. Many males often fear ridicule if they are seen getting tested, and there is still the persistent stereotype that only certain people are at risk of contracting HIV.

As long as the city’s schools only offer the abstinence only program and are not willing or able to properly educate students, Houston’s steadily increasing rate of STDs is only expected to grow.

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There is something for everyone in the energy capital of the United States, including a high rate of STDS. This makes it more important than ever to get tested regularly, but long lines and the fear of potentially running into a friend or family member has many Houstonians searching for a better way. Now it just takes a phone call to schedule confidential STD testing and you can avoid the long wait and chances of running into to someone you know. Take care of your health in 20 minutes, and then enjoy a day at the Museum and Theater Districts in historic downtown Houston.


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