What are the STI test options in Texarkana,AR?
The Arkansas side of Texarkana serves as the county seat for Miller County. It is a community on the mend from growing STD and HIV prevalence rates that is in danger of sliding back into the same rampant growth problem the rest of the country is experiencing.
During the five-year period from 2014 to 2018, the state of Arkansas realized a 10.3% growth of its HIV prevalence rate and 1.8% rise of the STD rate. In this same period of time, Texarkana saw zero growth in its HIV prevalence rate and a 5.3% drop in that of STDs for the area.
However, the first six months of 2019 has demonstrated a 9.6% increase in the STD prevalence rate for Texarkana, AR. This returns the community to a rate higher than it was in 2014.
Texarkana’s STD prevalence rate continues to climb despite drops in recent years.
One issue leading to the resurgence of STDs in Texarkana may be a lack of proper screening. Planned Parenthood is often a public source of such screenings and Arkansas is woefully lacking in this resource with only two locations.
These locations are both more than 100 miles from Texarkana, making them less than ideal for residents of this community. However, Planned Parenthood operates the Paris Health Center across the state line in Paris, TX. This is roughly 88 miles from Texarkana.
Closer to home is the Arkansas Department of Health office on Walnut Street. This office is part of the Southwest Public Health Region and may offer STD and HIV testing services or referral to others who do.
Across the state line in Texarkana, TX is the Texarkana-Bowie County Family Health Center on 12 Street. They may offer Texarkana, AR residents STD and HIV testing as well.
Many offer free STD testing. However, these services may only be available by appointment and might have long wait times, both for testing as well as for results.
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- Please contact the individual public clinic to confirm pricing. Test pricing at public clinics many times depend on income and welfare eligibility.