Uvalde, city and county seat of Uvalde County, is in relatively close proximity to San Antonio, a significant population hub in south-central Texas. Despite its last recorded population of approximately 15,750 in 2010, Uvalde has experienced some trouble with STD spikes over the last decade.
In particular, syphilis cases are rising. In 2011, no cases were reported in Uvalde County. In 2015-16, only two cases were reported each year. By 2018, this had increased to 14 reported cases, indicating a potential need for syphilis prevention education.
Thankfully, Chlamydia cases are on the decline in Uvalde County. In 2011, 196 cases were reported, a rate of 737.1 per 100,000 population. By 2018, the number of reported cases dropped to 105, a ratio of 391.1 per 100,000.
The Texas Health and Human Services Department regularly runs awareness campaigns to highlight the plight of HIV/STDs in most-affected communities, such as education campaigns that coincide with Latinx AIDS Awareness Day on October 15.
The Texas Health and Human Services department also provides testing, primary care, and prevention counseling at its facility in west Uvalde, through its HIV-STD program.
Plenty of both public and private medical facilities are strategically located throughout Uvalde and nearby cities to provide residents with access to low-cost or free STD testing. However, there may be limited availability for STD testing, and queue times might be lengthy.
Options include the South Texas Urgent Care Center on E Main St and the Community Health Development, Inc. location on Evans St. Anderson House Pregnancy Resource Center is a non-profit organization that may also offer STD testing services and prevention education at its Uvalde location, which residents can take advantage of.