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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.
Cedar Park is a major suburb of Austin, and while most of Austin lies in Travis County, Cedar Park is one of the parts of the city that stretches into Williamson County. Austin ranked fourth among the top 50 counties with the highest combined total of STD case numbers in Texas, which include chlamydia, gonorrhea, and syphilis.
While chlamydia diagnoses in Austin accounted for about 5.5% of the state’s total in 2018, Williamson County contributed less than 1%. Williamson County saw chlamydia cases drop about 4.5% in 2018 but still ranked 21st among the top 25 counties statewide with the highest number of chlamydia infections. The incidence rate of chlamydia in Williamson County has been trending down over the last several years. Its rate of 234.9 per 100,000 residents in 2018 was the lowest it’s been since 2007.
Gonorrhea infections in Austin comprised over 6.5% of the state’s total in 2018, and Williamson County made up just over 0.5%. Williamson County documented increased gonorrhea diagnoses every year between 2011 and 2017, including a jump of more than 29% in 2017. Case counts in 2018 showed a drop of over 21%, the first in many years. However, the county still ranked 21st out of the top 25 counties with the most significant number of gonorrhea cases in 2018. While the incidence rate of gonorrhea infections in Williamson County has been trending up, its rate of 58.2 per 100,000 residents in 2018 was the lowest it’s been since 2012.
In 2018, Williamson County recorded a drop of nearly 8% in total syphilis cases in all stages, but only about a 4.5% decrease in primary and secondary syphilis diagnoses. The county ranked 20th out of the top 25 counties with the highest number of total syphilis cases in 2018 but ranked 17th for the greatest numbers of P&S syphilis cases. Austin accounted for more than 8.5% of the state’s total P&S syphilis cases, but Williamson County contributed less than 1%. P&S syphilis infection rates have been trending up in Williamson County since 2015, but the county’s rate in 2018 was slightly lower than it had been in 2017.
You may have an STD and never develop symptoms, or the symptoms may be mild and go away, but the infection remains in your body. The only way to completely eradicate an STD is through appropriate treatment. Without treatment, an STD can damage your brain, eyesight, and organs and cause permanent infertility. Confirm whether you have an STD that needs treatment at one of the many resources in Cedar Park and throughout Austin that provide free or low-cost STD testing.
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 Cedar Park 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:
Pride Family Medicine offers a wide range of laboratory and diagnostic services to ensure you get supportive insight into your overall health. Services include chlamydia, herpes, syphilis, and gonorrhea testing, which is available by appointment only. You can book an appointment at the clinic Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
1202 North Lakeline Boulevard, Suite 400
Cedar Park, TX 78613
Williamson County and Cities Health District’s Round Rock Clinic provides testing, treatment, and counseling for HIV/AIDS, gonorrhea, syphilis, and chlamydia. You can also request HPV and hepatitis A and B vaccines. Services are offered at a low cost, and you may qualify for a sliding fee scale. Appointments are required, which you can book Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. However, the clinic closes daily for lunch from noon to 1 p.m.
355 Texas Avenue
Round Rock, TX 78664
Austin/Travis County HHS’ Sexual Health Clinic provides counseling, education, and testing. You can get free anonymous/confidential HIV testing and referrals for early intervention services. It also offers confidential syphilis, hepatitis C, gonorrhea, and chlamydia testing. STD examinations and treatment cost $20, which includes all laboratory testing. You can get tested for genital herpes if you have active symptoms. You must call for an appointment, Monday through Friday, from 8 a.m. to noon and 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.
15 Waller Street
RBJ Health Center, 1st Floor
Austin, TX 78702
512-972-5580 or 512-972-5430
BSW Health provides STD services by appointment only, but you can get a same-day appointment if you call before noon. You can book chlamydia, hepatitis B/C, gonorrhea, syphilis, and herpes testing. The clinic accepts various insurance plans and Medicare and has a financial assistance program. If you’re uninsured and don’t qualify for assistance, it applies a discount and offers extended, interest-free payment plans if you can’t pay your bill at once. BSW Health operates Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
9800 North Lake Creek Parkway, Suite 200
Austin, TX 78717
Dr. Neal Johnson offers low-cost chlamydia, gonorrhea, hepatitis, syphilis, and herpes testing by appointment. His office performs various lab draws and testing on-site instead of sending you to an off-site laboratory. You can also get hepatitis A/B and HPV vaccines. Dr. Johnson accepts private insurance, but if you’re uninsured and you need to make payment arrangements, speak with the office manager before your scheduled appointment. His office is open Monday through Thursday from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Fridays from 8:30 a.m. to noon.
11651 Jollyville Road, Suite 100
Austin, TX 78759
River Hills Family Medicine offers low-cost gonorrhea, syphilis, herpes, chlamydia, and hepatitis B and C testing by appointment only. You may also request HPV and hepatitis A and B vaccines. The clinic is credentialed with most major insurance carriers and accepts Medicare. It’s open Monday through Thursday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Fridays from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.
7011 Ribelin Ranch Drive, Suite 200
Austin, TX 78750