Port Lavaca, TX, is a city in Calhoun County dealing with an STD outbreak that’s not showing signs of slowing down. The sparsely populated area’s seeing an increase across all major STIs.
Calhoun County listed 24 new chlamydia infections in 2014. In 2016, it had 39, or a rate increase of 177.77 to 282.8 per 100,000.
Syphilis cases are rising. In 2014, the area reported 1 diagnosis or 4.6 cases for every 100,000 residents. In 2016, that number was unchanged.
STDs are rising in the Port Lavaca area and throughout Calhoun County. To reduce these numbers, public health officials are asking all sexually active people to seek regular STD testing and follow-up with treatment.
There are a few locations near Port Lavaca, TX, and Calhoun County that offer comprehensive STD testing. Many clinics include treatment and follow-up care on-site.
Services are available at the Community Health Centers of South Central Texas Incorporated at the Victoria Community Health Center on Retama Cir. in Victoria.
Another option is Crossroads Virology on Victoria Station Dr. in Victoria and the Victoria City-County Health Department on N. Navarro St.
Screenings are a choice at the South Texas Family Planning and Health Corporation Family Planning Clinic Rockport on TX-35 in Rockport.
A short distance away is MEHOP at the Bay City Family Medicine building on Golden Ave. in Bay City.
Some facilities provide free STD testing. These locations may sound great at first, but before heading over for STI screening, contact them and see if they need proof of income. Also, ask about the wait time. Results may take longer at no-cost clinics.