Over 75,000 residents are affected by the three most common STDs – gonorrhea, chlamydia, and syphilis – every year. McAllen reported 595 cases of chlamydia, 96 cases of gonorrhea, and 1 case of primary and secondary syphilis in 2017. Although many STDs witnessed a decline from the previous year, preventative and treatment efforts need to continue to continue increasing the health of the population.
Hidalgo County ranks within the top 20 counties in Texas for STD prevalence among these three STD categories, as well.
Some locations offer instant testing; however, instant tests provide only preliminary results. Positive indicators require further testing to verify positive diagnosis, while negative results tend to be reliable upon first testing. Many locations also offer free STD testing, condoms, education, and treatment. Minors require parental consent for testing.
In McAllen you can find testing services at the Hidalgo County Health and Human Services facility located on East Hackberry, or at the University of Texas Medical Branch on South Broadway. There’s also the Valley AIDS Council on South 2nd Street and Access Esperanza Clinics Incorporated on East Hackberry Avenue. Many locations offer services in English and Spanish.