Roma-Los Saenz, TX, also known as Roma, Texas, is a city in the rural Starr County that’s experiencing a major STD outbreak.
Between 2010 and 2014, new, annual chlamydia cases went from 197 to 170. From 2013 to 2017, it increased from 172 new infections to 236. This was a rate change from 322 chlamydia infections for every 100,000 residents in 2010 to 366 in 2017.
The county reported 11 gonorrhea diagnoses in 2010, 18 in 2014, and 28 in 2017, or a rate change from 18 infections for every 100,000 people in 2010 to 43 in 2017.
In 2010, it had two syphilis cases, and in 2016, the county registered five new infections, or a rate change of three new diagnoses for every 100,000 residents in 2010, and eight in 2016.
Starr County public health officials are asking all sexually active individuals to seek routine STD tests to help stop the spread of these dangerous infections.
There are a few locations in Roma-Los Saenz and nearby areas that provide STD testing. Many sites include treatment and follow-up care.
Nuestra Clinica Del Valle operates the Roma Clinic on the corner of E Grant St and Eagle Ave.
The Gateway Community Health Center Incorporated offers STD screenings at the Zapata Clinic on the corner of N Rathmell Ave and the end of Jackson St.
Some facilities might offer free STD testing. These locations may ask for proof of income, and a physician might not be available to speak with patients on-site. Additionally, comprehensive screenings may not be an option.