Sachse, TX, a suburb of Dallas, that’s located in Collin and Dallas counties, is experiencing an STD outbreak that’s not showing signs of slowing down.
Chlamydia diagnoses are rising. Dallas County reported 17,280 in 2014, and in 2017, it had nearly 20,000 new cases.
Gonorrhea cases are growing fast. The area had 5,713 in 2014, and it jumped to 7,105 in 2017.
Syphilis is also expanding with 1,547 in 2014, and 2,372 in 2017.
In 2017, about 18,000 people were living with HIV in Dallas County, and more than 60% of all new diagnoses were in patients under 35 years of age. Infections among this age group have been increasing steadily over the past nine years.
State and county public health officials are urging all people that are sexually active to help prevent the spread of STDs and with regular screenings.
There are over a dozen health centers in Sachse and nearby that provide comprehensive STD testing. Many locations include preventive care, treatment, and follow-up services.
The Texas Infectious Disease Institute offers screenings on the corner of E President George Bush Hwy and E Renner Rd in Richardson. This clinic is accessible by public transportation.
Another option is the Garland Public Health Department on the corner of Carver Dr and Hopkins St in Garland.
Premier Independent Physicians of Rockwall also provides STI services on W Ralph Hall Pkwy.
Some clinics might offer free STD testing. These locations may ask for proof of income and county sites could request proof of address. Additionally, comprehensive screenings may not be an option.