Odessa finds itself located in one of the unhealthiest counties in the state. Although various public and private organizations are working to combat the rising rates the effects have not yet taken hold.
In 2015 the following STD cases were reported: 6 cases of HIV, 12 cases of syphilis, 98 cases of gonorrhea, and 155 cases of chlamydia.
These numbers were a significant increase from the year before and have continued to see a rising trend in the following years. A push for greater sexual education is being made to try to combat these numbers.
Although public and private testing locations in Odessa might be difficult to find, there are options within city limits and even more within a reasonable driving distance. Odessa’s Ector County Health Department offers STD testing. Widening the field, Midland Health Department on West Illinois Street in Midland and Andrews County Health Department on Northwest 2nd Street in Andrews are also locations for testing.
You can ask about free STD testing but be prepared to wait for an appointment since dates are limited.