Palestine is a city in and the county seat of Anderson County. Over the past few years, there has been a steady increase in HIV prevalence rates in the county from 191 per 100,000 persons in 2014 to 375 per 100,000 individuals in both 2018 and 2019. However, there was a slight decrease in the rates of infections in 2020, with 334 per 100,000 persons.
The rates of Chlamydia infections have fluctuated, with a drop from 387.5 per 100,000 in 2016 to 367.6 per 100,000 individuals in 2017, followed by an increment to 425.4 per 100,000 persons in 2018.
Total Syphilis infections in the county have also fluctuated, with an increase in rates from 12.1 per 100,000 in 2013 to 19.1 per 100,000 in 2015, followed by a slight decrease to 15.6 per 100,000 persons in 2016. The rate in infections escalated to a high of 79.2 per 100,000 individuals in 2018.
Gonorrhea rates had a steady increment from 79.5 per 100,000 in 2014 to a high of 168.8 per 100,000 persons in 2018.
Through the Texas Department of State Health Services, the Palestine Health Department has adopted new approaches to engaging local healthcare providers in assisting with sexual health training and HIV/STD screening for public members. It also offers risk reduction counseling and prevention case management to mitigate against spreading these infections in the community.
You can access STD/HIV screening services at some medical facilities in the Palestine area, including Planned Parenthood – Tyler Health Center, Family First Clinic & Urgent Care, and CHRISTUS Mother Frances Hospital – Jacksonville.
Also, several city hospitals offer free STD testing services; however, you may encounter long or inconsistent wait times, and results might not be immediate.