What are the STI test options in Longview,TX?
The state has a real problem with STDs being spread throughout the population, and Longview shares this growing problem. STD rates have been rising over the past couple years. If that weren’t bad enough, now there are antibiotic-resistant strains of gonorrhea being diagnosed.
In 2015 the Longview center for the Special Health Resources for Texas HIV program tested over 4,000 residents for HIV and out of those 38 tested positive.
The current trend is showing sexually active persons in their early 20’s are the most at risk for contracting STDs. Across years various STDs have been rises and falls; however, further and continued efforts are required in order to guarantee a decreasing trend.
Clinics exist to serve specific populations, like women-tailored services or teen-focused clinics. Services include free condoms, free or low cost testing, vaccination programs, and educational opportunities. Important to note, Texas law requires that all minors obtain parental consent for all STD testing services. Longview is working to combat local poverty, which in turn also aids educational and preventative measures for improving STD statistics.
One of the preventative measures is to offer free STD testing but this is only available to residents 18 years or older.
There’s the Gregg County Health Department on East Marshall Avenue, the Special Health Resources for Texas Incorporated on North 4th Street, and the Wellness Pointe on East Marshall Avenue for STD testing in Longview.
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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.