Nacogdoches is a tranquil area, with an enviable farmer’s market and a host of attractions such as the Stone Fort and Sterne-Hoya Museums. However, the county has a higher incidence of Chlamydia than 92% of the other counties in Texas.
Rates of Gonorrhea and Syphilis are equally alarming, with state surveillance reports showing that numbers have more than doubled for both in the last three years. In 2015 there were only 76 cases of Gonorrhea in Nacogdoches County but in 2017 there were 162.
In 2017 there were 186 people living with HIV in Nacogdoches, this figure puts people who are sexually active in the area among the most at risk of contracting HIV in Texas. AIDS diagnoses, on the other hand, have fallen rapidly in recent years due to stringent testing initiatives – with only 2 cases reported in Nacogdoches in 2017.
Nacogdoches County Health officials are desperately trying to identify the cause of the surge in cases of Gonorrhea and Syphilis over the last two years.
The scale of the problem means there are government-run, free std testing options available to people in Nacogdoches. The clinics that provide them have been known to have limited weekly availability for appointments and long waiting lists.
For prompt, discrete service patients are able to go for a test at Brown Family Health Center, Inc. and afterward could detour 200 meters to the Sterne-Hoya Museum, the oldest house in Nacogdoches.
East Tx Community Health Services is located directly in front of Skate-O-Rama and provides testing and follow-up care to patients with or without symptoms.