HIV/STD infections continue to strike hard in South Houston, a city in Harris County, Texas. Despite interventions by the Harris County Health Department, HIV cases still rose from 1,193 in 2018 to 1,253 in 2009.
STD stats were frightening. In 2018 alone, the city had 21,981 new
Chlamydia infections. In the same year, Gonorrhea cases stood at 7,426. More in-depth analysis reveals that most incidences were from MSMs and IDUs.
Despite having the low infection rates among the three STIs, Syphilis infections have increased over the years, and in 2018, a total of 473 cases had been reported.
The Harris County Health Department has been advocating for the locals to get tested for HIV/STDs. It offers free HIV and Syphilis testing, counseling, and education. It has also provided mobile medical services for the people in remote areas to ensure they get HIV/STD treatment and testing. Through partner notification services, public health officials coordinate with community health service providers to reach out to sex and needle-sharing partners. In the case of diagnosed infection, the patients are immediately linked to medical care and treatment.
Numerous South Houston’s medical facilities offer HIV/STD testing, counseling, or treatment. You may access the services in clinics, such as Memorial Herman Southeast Hospitals, Emergency Medical Doctors Services-Urgent care, and Planned Parenthood- Prevention Park Family Planning Health Center.
At the same time, you can book an appointment in some of the sexual health clinics around. They offer free STD testing, but not for all STDs, and payment modes in some clinics may be a limitation.