Lakeway, TX, is a city in Travis County. The county registered a drop in the number of new HIV infections between 2016 and 2017. In 2016, 83 individuals tested positive at a rate of 6.9 per 100,000 population while there were 77 new infections in 2017, occurring at a rate of 6.3.
The number of new HIV cases in 2018 remained constant at a 6.2 incidence rate.
On the other hand, there was a significant increase in the number of new Chlamydia infections, with 2017 reporting 8,645 cases that prevailed at a rate of 704.1 and 2018 recording 9,033 diagnoses at a rate of 723.4.
Gonorrhea diagnosis also increased from 2,823 new infections in 2016 reported at a rate of 234.0 to 3,161 cases in 2017, occurring at an incidence rate of 257.5.
An uptick was apparent in the number of new Syphilis infections. While 773 individuals were positively diagnosed in 2017 at a rate of 63.0, 792 tested positive in the following year at a rate of 63.4.
To control the spread of the HIV/STD burden, the county’s local health officials have been focusing on a wider usage of social network- or respondent-driven approaches to elicit a higher rate of sero-positivity identification at-risk individuals. They’ve also been utilizing social media technologies for better targeting of prevention interventions within high-risk groups.
You can receive HIV/STD service at the Planned Parenthood – North Austin Health Center, FastMed Urgent Care, Kind Clinic – North Austin, and the Waco-McLennan Health District.
Free STD testing may be available, but only if you’ve booked an appointment. Even then, you may have to contend with inconvenient operational hours.