Though a part of Houston’s metropolitan area, The Woodlands has lower STD rates than the larger city. In 2017, there were 803 people living with HIV or AIDS in Montgomery County, with a prevalence rate of 140.6 per 100K people, well under the Texas rate of 320.4. That same year, 1,515 people in the county were diagnosed with chlamydia, at a rate of 265.4. The gonorrhea and total syphilis rates were 52.4 and 13.1.
Though those rates are low for Texas, health officials are concerned because they are going up. They blame a number of factors: cuts in federal and state funding for public health, insufficient sex education for youth, resulting in misinformation about the risk factors of unprotected sex, and not enough people being screened, causing them to unknowingly infect others.
They urge all sexually active people to get screened regularly, even if they are not experiencing symptoms.
The Woodlands has a few STD-testing clinics, and there are many more options closer to Houston and other suburbs, including a couple of church-based organizations that counsel pregnant women and provide free STD testing for chlamydia, gonorrhea, and HIV only.
NextCare Urgent Care on Rayford Rd does STI testing, as does the Montgomery County Public Health Clinic on South Loop.