The Dallas suburb of Wylie, TX is growing and it is no wonder with the beauty of Lake Lavon and many other recreational areas. Once exclusively a city in Collin County, Wylie has spread into the nearby counties of Dallas and Rockwall. With that growth comes an increase in the prevalence of STDs and HIV/AIDS in the small 75,000-person community.
Between the years of 2010 and 2017, three dominant STDs – chlamydia, gonorrhea, and syphilis – have shown an increase in their prevalence rates within Wylie and Collins County as a whole. In fact, they have increased by 28.1%, 46.4%, and 53.8% respectively.
During this same period, the prevalence rate of HIV/AIDS has decreased in the Collin County area that includes Wylie. The overall rate has decreased by 9.6% with those between 18 and 25 being the group with the highest drop. This rate exceeds the decrease realized by the state as a whole.
As an unidentified community health manager said, “The increased education and awareness of the HIV epidemic is working, now we just need to step up our efforts in the area of other STDs.”
While Wylie itself does not offer public health facilities to screen for and treat STDs and HIV/AIDS, there are several clinics nearby that do. Many offer their services at reduced or income dependent rates.
These include the Plano offices of Planned Parenthood of Texas and Health Services of North Texas. Also, Wylie residents can utilize the services offered at Collin County Health Care Services in McKinney and Community Health Services Agency Incorporated (an FQHC facility) in Farmersville, both are less than 15 miles from Wylie.