Harris County reported a rate of 571.5 chlamydia cases per 100,000 residents, which ranks as a higher than average rate compared to other Texas counties. Continued efforts are required to decrease the rates of sexually transmitted diseases.
Houston area organizations, including those in the city of Pasadena, are joining forces in efforts to implement education and prevention initiatives in the area.
In January the AIDS Walk Houston takes place to show support and raise money for awareness, prevention, and treatment. PrEP clinics exist throughout the area, and throughout the year there are educational events, free STD testing and health fairs to try to combat the STD epidemic. Efforts include concerts, artists, and classes.
Don’t wait for the onset of symptoms to seek out medical assistance, though. Testing and information are the first and most vital step to maintaining a long and healthy life, free of STDs and their long-term effects.
In Pasadena you can find the Harris County Public Health and Environmental Services on Red Bluff Road, and in nearby Houston you can find the Baylor College of Medicine Teen Health Clinic on Broadway. Teens require parental consent for STD testing.
If you are over the age of 18, free STD testing is another option if you are a legal resident and adult.