West Odessa, an area in Ector County, Texas, didn’t escape the STD outbreak that’s overtaking the county and state.
Between 2014 and 2015, the number of new gonorrhea cases in the county went from 309 to 366, or a rate increase from 207 per 100,000 residents to 237 new diagnoses per 100,000 people.
Also, from 2014 to 2015, new syphilis cases increased from 19 to 39.
In 2017, the city of Odessa reported 869 chlamydia, 264 gonorrhea, and nine primary and secondary syphilis infections.
The most significant increase of STDs is among 15-to-24-year-olds in Ector County.
County health officials are expressing concern for the high rate of STDs among residents and are asking sexually active individuals to seek regular testing to help reduce the spread of these dangerous diseases.
There are a few health centers in West Odessa and nearby that provide STD testing and related services such as treatment and aftercare.
The Ector County Health Department offers STI screenings at its clinic on the corner of N Texas Ave and E 3rd St in Odessa. This site is accessible by a local bus route.
Another option is the Midland Health Department’s health center on W Illinois Ave in Midland. This clinic is also on a public bus route.
Some locations might offer free STD testing. These places could ask for proof of income and if it’s a county location, verification of address. Consider that free services may not include all STDs or treatment. Additionally, patients might have trouble getting a convenient appointment time.