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Testing for STDs at home is safe, convenient, and private. Performed regularly, it can help you stay healthy and avoid unknowingly transmitting STDs.
You have many options for at-home STD testing. The best at-home STD tests are FDA approved and evaluated for safety and accuracy with fast result turnaround times and support from health care professionals.
At-home STD testing kits should include instructions for collection and test registration, along with materials such as containers and swabs to collect and send your sample to the lab. Most at-home STD tests offer results in about five days through a secure online patient portal.
Although the rates of chlamydia in Arlington have seen occasional rises and falls over the past several years, it continues to be the most common STD in the area. Gonorrhea and syphilis rates have risen steadily since 2011, particularly in 15- to 24-year-olds.
In Tarrant County where Arlington is located, the 2018 chlamydia infection rate sat at 459.1 cases per 100,000 residents, up from 408.2 in 2017, which was a sizable decline from the previous year’s rate. While the increase isn’t as significant as it is in some other counties across the state, diagnoses are still on the rise. One positive note is that this rate is below both the state and national rates.
Although the CDC saw a significant drop in gonorrhea cases in 2019 according to its STD Surveillance Report, gonorrhea is still a real concern for sexually active men and women throughout Arlington and Tarrant County. Across the country, gonorrhea rates have increased 40% since 2003, and between 2017 and 2018, rates in Texas alone have increased more than 1%. In Tarrant County, the rate per 100,000 residents rose from about 134 in 2017 to 154 in 2018. Although females used to have a higher infection rate across Texas, infections in males have been on the rise since 2013. In 2014, the rate of infection in males surpassed that of females and it’s remained higher since then.
The number of syphilis diagnoses has consistently risen in Tarrant County since 2011. While the county only saw 19.4 infections per 100,000 residents in 2011, numbers in 2018 rose to more than 37 cases per 100,000. Throughout Texas, infections in males are significantly higher, with 2018 seeing almost 70 diagnoses per 100,000 in males compared to just 20.1 per 100,000 in females. The age group most commonly affected by syphilis in Texas are 25- to 34-year-olds, with 15- to 24-year-olds seeing the second-highest infection rates.
While many STDs can be cured with antibiotics, others require long-term treatment to manage symptoms but don’t ever fully go away. When STDs are left untreated, they can lead to major complications, such as infertility and death. Additionally, STD infections can leave you susceptible to contracting HIV. Understanding the symptoms of STDs and practicing safe sex, and having regular STD testing is your best line of defense against these debilitating health problems.
Sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) remain one of the most critical public health challenges facing the United States, with approximately 26 million new STD infections occurring every year. Nearly half of these new infections affect young people ages 15 to 24.
Community-based organizations are a vital first line of defense in the fight against STDs and HIV/AIDS in particular. They generate awareness and foster social change while providing access to testing and treatment.
You may not be aware of all the STD resources available in Arlington that can help prevent the spread of STDs. Get connected with these community organizations that are leading the fight against STDs and HIV/AIDS with resources and support:
CAN Community Health provides a variety of free and low-cost health care services, including free testing for HIV, hepatitis C, and other STDs. This clinic also provides sexual health counseling and treatment for patients who are living with STDS. Walk-ins are welcome and fees for some services may be charged on a sliding scale if you qualify.
616 Matlock Centre Circle
Arlington, TX 76015
Tarrant County Public Health offers free resources and information about sexual health. It also offers free and low-cost STD testing, as well as advice and counseling for those living with STDs or concerned about their sexual health. Testing is offered on a walk-in basis at various locations each month, and you can check the Department’s website for the most convenient site and hours.
1101 South Main Street
Fort Worth, TX 76104
Planned Parenthood in Arlington provides STD testing for diseases such as bacterial vaginosis, gonorrhea, HIV, herpes, and chlamydia. It also offers an array of treatment services if you’ve been diagnosed with an STD, as well as STD prevention counseling.
3701 South Cooper Street, Suite 325
Arlington, TX 76015
TeleKind is a free program provided by Texas Health Action. It offers free at-home health care services for individuals living with HIV or seeking HIV testing. Its physicians and counselors can provide you with telehealth counseling, prescriptions for STD treatments, and can send testing kits to you free of charge via the U.S. Postal Service.
Dr. Hamid Burney provides free and low-cost STD testing and related health care services. Available tests at this clinic include HIV, chlamydia, syphilis, gonorrhea, and hepatitis. Fees are charged on a sliding scale and may be provided free of charge if you can’t afford to pay. The clinic also accepts insurance and Medicare.
3602 Matlock Road, Suite 200
Arlington, TX 76015