Addison Health Center
North Dallas Shelburne Health Center
Carrollton is a suburb of Dallas, with about 50% of its city limits within Dallas County. The remaining half is evenly split between Denton and Collin counties, making it difficult to pinpoint the city’s impact on STD numbers within each county. However, in a state with more than 1,200 cities, Carrollton ranked 50th for its combined total of chlamydia, gonorrhea, and syphilis cases.
Depending on how each county’s health department breaks up the STD numbers recorded in Carrollton, the 472 chlamydia cases the city reported in 2018 could constitute nearly 2.5% of Dallas County’s total, more than 19.5% of Denton County’s, and/or 16.5% of Collin County’s. Dallas County ranked eighth in the nation among counties and independent cities for its number of chlamydia cases. It ranked second out of 254 Texas counties for its chlamydia case numbers and 22nd for its infection rate. Since 2011, chlamydia diagnoses have increased nearly 13% in Dallas County, but they rose more than 34% in Denton County and more than 43% in Collin County.
With 157 gonorrhea cases in 2018, Carrollton potentially accounted for about 2% of Dallas County’s total, over 20% of Denton’s, and/or more than 17% of Collin’s. Compared to other counties and independent cities nationwide, Dallas County ranked seventh for its number of reported gonorrhea diagnoses, while the other two counties didn’t rank. Dallas County ranked second statewide for its gonorrhea case numbers and 11th for its infection rate. Despite Dallas County’s state and national rankings, its increase in gonorrhea diagnoses since 2011 was only about 47%, while case numbers rose by more than 132% in Denton County and more than 123% in Collin County.
Carrollton reported eight primary and secondary syphilis cases in 2018, which could account for about 2% of Dallas County’s, 36% of Denton County’s, and/or 26% of Collin County’s totals. Primary and secondary syphilis infections in Dallas County decreased by more than 4.5% in 2018, which marked the first time the county saw a drop in cases since 2015. While Denton County saw primary and secondary syphilis cases decrease by more than 15%, Collin County’s numbers rose by nearly 43%. All three counties have had major increases in primary and secondary syphilis diagnoses since 2011. Dallas County’s numbers more than doubled over the seven years, while Denton County’s case counts rose by more than 630%, and Collin County’s increased 500%.
Even without showing any symptoms, you could have an STD and pass it on to your sexual partners. STDs left untreated can cause serious long-term health problems, including infertility in women. Getting tested is the only way to know for sure whether you have an STD. Give yourself peace of mind by visiting these resources in and around Carrollton, offering free or low-cost STD testing services.
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 Carrollton 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:
DCHHS’ sexual health clinic provides low-cost HIV/STD testing and treatment for chlamydia, gonorrhea, syphilis, and trichomonas. You’ll pay $47 for chlamydia or gonorrhea screening, $38 for herpes exams, and $15 for conventional or $20 for rapid HIV tests. The clinic also offers syphilis and trichomonas testing. Clinic hours are Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Wednesdays from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; and Saturdays from 8 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Appointments are required, but same-day appointments are available.
2377 North Stemmons Freeway
Dallas, TX 75207
The Addison Health Center, operated by Planned Parenthood, provides HIV and syphilis testing and chlamydia, bacterial vaginosis, gonorrhea, genital warts, herpes, and trichomoniasis testing and treatment. Trained staff administer HPV vaccines and offer PrEP/PEP services. Visitors to the Center can get dental dams and male/female condoms. Services are available in English or Spanish, on a walk-in basis or by appointment. Planned Parenthood accepts insurance and Medicaid, but you may qualify for financial assistance if you’re uninsured. Clinic hours are Mondays and Wednesdays through Fridays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Tuesdays from noon to 7 p.m.
5290 Beltline Road, #134
Addison, TX 75254
VCare Clinic Carrollton is a nonprofit community-based organization that offers affordable HIV, chlamydia, gonorrhea, syphilis, herpes, and hepatitis testing for low-income and uninsured individuals. If you’re living below 200% of the federal poverty level, you may qualify for free services. Same-day appointments are available, and all walk-ins are welcome. Clinic hours are Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., and Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
1445 Mac Arthur Drive, Suite #122
Carrollton, Texas 75007
The AHF Wellness Center does free chlamydia, gonorrhea, syphilis, and HIV testing and treatment. The clinic will notify you by phone if your results are positive, usually within three to seven days. AHF supplies STD/safer sex information and referrals to doctors specializing in HIV/AIDS treatment. Services are provided on a walk-in basis on Mondays and Thursdays from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. STD testing is also available at the AHF Wellness Center at 3920 Cedar Springs Road on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Fridays from 2 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.
7777 Forest Lane
Dallas, TX 75230
The Nelson-Tebedo Resource Center provides confidential HIV testing, STD testing and treatment, and vaccinations. You can receive free syphilis, rapid HIV antibody, HIV early detection, and at-home HIV tests. It offers PrEP access, anonymous HIV screening for $90, chlamydia/gonorrhea testing for $40 and treatment for $40, syphilis treatment for $40, hepatitis A/B/C screening for $100 or $40 for individual tests, and herpes testing without treatment. Clinic hours are Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. by appointment only.
4012 Cedar Springs Road
Dallas, TX 75219
CareNow Urgent Care offers diagnosis and treatment for HIV/AIDS and common STDs, including chlamydia, gonorrhea, syphilis, hepatitis, genital herpes, HPV, and trichomoniasis. It charges a fee for all services, but it accepts most major insurance plans if you’re insured. Appointments aren’t necessary. Clinic hours are Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m., Saturdays to 8 p.m., and Sundays from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
1017 West Hebron Parkway
Carrollton, TX 75010