STD Testing and Sexual Health Education in Southeast Harris, TX
In your area you can find reliable information about sexual health plus get tested if you go to a group such as the Harris County Public Health and Environmental Services – Southeast Clinic. This facility offers STD screening plus vaccines, condoms, and education.
A recent report shows that close to sixty percent of Texas public school districts used an abstinence-only sexual education curriculum. About a quarter teach no sex education at all. This reflects the idea that sex education should only cover wait until marriage and abstinence, plus sex is for discussion by adults only not teens.
In 2008, over 90 percent of schools taught abstinence only. Today it is closer to 60 percent. Abstinence plus is an approach in about 20 percent of the schools today up from about 4 percent. This approach encourages abstinence but relays accurate information about pregnancy prevention and STDs.
While abstinence is taught, Texas ranked fifth highest in teen birth rates in 2015. There were 41 births per 1000 women ages 15 to 19. This could be linked to the state stopping requiring completion of a health education class for a student to graduate, leaving the issue up to school districts to offer the class as an elective or make it a local requirement. Some conservatives in Texas state they are comfortable with the current approach. Some feel the school should not address social or emotional issues and address academic issues only.
There are resources, however, in your area that can help if you have concerns over STDs and sex education. In addition to getting help from Planned Parenthood Gulf Coast you can go to a group such a Change Happens with a focus on helping African American/Black teens through their Focusing on Reducing Crisis through Education (FORCE) program.
The group stresses that education and prevention are the most powerful weapons to rectify HIV/AIDs. They target non traditional community areas in Harris County. They have a mobile testing van. They also have HIV HIV and hepatitis C counselling, testing, and referral services.
Sexually Transmitted Diseases and Demographics in Southeast Harris, TX
STI Testing Resources in Southeast Harris, TX
In your area you will find STI testing resources such as the Harris County Public Health and Environmental Services Southeast Clinic that can offer you same day service. They can screen for chlamydia, gonorrhea, HIV, and syphilis and help set you up for hepatitis and herpes testing. They can also give you a hepatitis B vaccine, hepatitis A vaccine, and HPV vaccine. English and Spanish are spoken at this facility as they can provide condom, HIV test counseling, and partner notification services.
They are open seven days a week. They offer services to the general public, adults, African Americans/Blacks, at risk person, Hispanics/Latinos, HIV positive persons, low income persons, men and women, persons with AIDs, and persons practicing high risk behaviors.
If you are embarrassed or uncomfortable going to such a group you can work through Memorial Hermann Health System with convenient locations throughout the city or other facility not specifically for STD related services.
If you go to the Baylor Teen Clinic (Cullen, Lawn, and LBJ) know that the group serves people 13-23. They offer prevention interventions, HIV/STD/Hepatitis prevention education, substance abuse intervention, confidential HIV testing, STD testing, primary care, nurse on-site, family planning, gynecological care, home visits/home health care, information resources, counseling/support groups, and a Spanish speaking staff.
In addition to the tests for chlamydia, gonorrhea, and syphilis, testing for HIV, hepatitis, and HPV is important. HIV testing helps you not get the life threatening condition of AIDS. HIV treatment includes taking medicine to slow the progressions of the virus in the body.
Hepatitis testing is important so you can treat the condition before it causes permanent damage. Hepatitis B is spread mainly through sexual contact but it also is spread through infected blood as with needle sharing. You can prevent hepatitis B with immunization.
HPV testing is important so you know if you have the HPV virus that can increase your chance of cervical, vaginal, anal, and penile cancer. A vaccine prevents the HPV strains most likely to cause these genital warts and cervical cancer. The vaccine is recommended for boys and girls.
Better Sexual Health in Southeast Harris, TX
Whether you go to an area school or other facility such as the Baylor Teen Clinic or Harris County Public Health and Environmental Services/Southeast Clinic, you can get help to learn more about STDs, get tested, and if you test positive, get treatment whether it is for chlamydia, gonorrhea, syphilis, hepatitis, HPV, or HIV.
Help is available in your city in the way of testing and treatment that is confidential, discrete, compassionate, and effective whether you contact an organization such as Change Happens, the AIDS Healthcare Foundation, or another group with a staff trained to help someone in your situation.
Consider how going to Planned Parenthood, the Memorial Hermann Healthcare System, or another such group will remind you to put your health first. You will be happy you did and so will your partner.
Here are links to resources mentioned.