University Park, TX, a suburb of Dallas, in Dallas County, is in the midst of an STD crisis that’s continuing to escalate.
All STD rates in the county have increased by more than 20% between 2017 and 2018.
In 2017, it had the second-highest number of Gonorrhea cases with 7,105 new infections, an increase from 6,035 in 2016.
Also in 2017, Dallas County had the second-highest number of new chlamydia infections at 19,084 new cases, up from 15,783 in the previous year.
The area had the highest number of primary and secondary syphilis diagnoses in 2017 with 396 new cases, an increase from 357 in 2016.
State, City, and County health officials are asking all sexually active persons to use safe sexual practice and get tested regularly to help end the STD crisis.
There are multiple health centers in University Park and Dallas County that provide comprehensive STD testing. Most of these locations include educational information about STI prevention, treatment, and follow-up care.
One option is the Planned Parenthood of Greater Texas at the North Dallas Shelburne Health Center on the corner of the N Central Expressway and Park Ln. This clinic is located on a public bus route.
Parkland Health and Hospital Systems operates the Vickery Health Center at the corner of Park Ln and Shady Brook Ln.
Some sites might offer free STD testing. Patients may experience difficulties scheduling a convenient appointment, and same-day services may not be available. Additionally, these locations could ask for proof of income.