What are the STI test options in Laredo,TX?
Many parts of Texas have major STD problems. On a 2017 list of the Texas counties with the highest bacterial STD rates, Webb County did not appear, indicating that its inhabitants are doing better than much of Texas. But let’s not celebrate yet. The STI rates still need to come down.
Health officials recommend educating youth about safe sex, getting tested regularly, and using protection.
In 2017, 23 people in Laredo were diagnosed with HIV and 13 with AIDS. The same year, there were 1,223 cases of chlamydia, 126 of gonorrhea, and 2 of primary and secondary syphilis. The Webb county rates for those three diseases per 100K people were 450.9, 46.6, and .7. Those are still much higher than they should be, so make sure you stay safe.
There are several clinics in Laredo, including public clinics that provide free STD testing. Note that public clinics often have long wait times, and this could increase the likelihood of being observed there. The City of Laredo Health Department provides education about STDs and offers testing for HIV, syphilis, trich, and hepatitis C.
They test in different locations on different days, so check their website before you go. South Texas Family Planning, on Saunders St, does HPV screening and “painless” STD testing.
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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.