The three most common STDs in College Station are chlamydia, gonorrhea, and syphilis. These STDs were reported at a higher frequency in 2018 than in years prior.
Chlamydia is the most common sexually transmitted disease in the nation as a whole, and in College Station, and it’s particularly prevalent among adolescents and young adults aged 15-24. Nationally, 1,758,668 incidences of chlamydia were reported to the CDC in 2018, the majority of which were diagnosed in females. In Texas, the CDC documented 145,874 cases, for a frequency of 508.2 infections per 100,000 people. Among females in the state, the rate is even higher at 692.8. Brazos County accounted for 1,462 of these cases and was ranked 19th in the state, and about half of the county’s infections were reported in College Station.
Gonorrhea is the second most common STD in College Station, diagnosed in 202 residents in the city in 2018, giving the city a ranking of 31st out of the top 50 cities in Texas for this infection. Countywide, this STD is disclosed at a frequency of 180.4 infections per 100,000 residents, which is higher than the statewide rate of 163.6. This was a 37% increase over the rate disclosed by the CDC in 2011. This STD is considerably more common in males than in females. In Texas, males are diagnosed with gonorrhea at a frequency of about 189 infections per 100,000, compared to about 138 infections per 100,000 females.
There were 115,045 syphilis cases disclosed in the United States in 2018, which was the highest recorded number since 1991. In Brazos County, the CDC stated there were 69 incidences of syphilis, which was an increase of 17% over the number reported in 2017 and a 156% increase over 2011. This disease occurs at a frequency of 30.4 per 100,000 people in Brazos County, which is lower than the statewide rate of 44.9 and the national frequency of 35.3. Nine of the cases in the county were primary and secondary syphilis, and two of the P&S diagnoses were in College Station. Syphilis is significantly more common in males, affecting them at a frequency of 69.9 infections per 100,000 statewide, versus a rate of 20.1 among females. The majority of people infected are aged 20-29.
According to the Kaiser Family Foundation, more than half of United States’ residents will have an STD at some point during their lifetime. Those who don’t get STD care are vulnerable to short- and long-term health complications, such as chronic pain, reproductive health complications, and exposure to HIV. They are also more likely to spread the infection to others. Antibiotics used to cure the most common STDs, including chlamydia, gonorrhea, and syphilis, are only available through healthcare providers. The College Station area is home to several clinics that provide affordable sexual health services, including confidential STD testing and treatment.
College Station is in Region 7 of the Texas Department of State Health Services, which is headquartered 40 miles to the northeast of the city in Madisonville. While the department doesn’t provide STD testing and treatment directly, it aims to control the spread of STDs and ensure that Texans receive quality healthcare services. It offers education and information on these diseases to the public, gives guidance to organizations that administer HIV and STD services, and provides referrals for HIV and STD services to those who think they’ve been exposed.
813 South State Street, Ste. 105
Madisonville, TX 77864
The Brazos County Health District operates clinics throughout the county, including the STI Clinic in Bryan, which is located about 5 miles north of College Station. This clinic provides testing, treatment, and counseling for infections such as chlamydia, gonorrhea, syphilis, trichomoniasis, and HIV. Services are available by appointment only, which patients can schedule by calling the clinic. The STI Clinic is open three days per week, with varying hours of operation, and a modest fee is charged for testing services.
201 North Texas Avenue
Bryan, TX 77803
The Texas A&M University Medical Clinic, located in the A.P. Beutel Health Center, is staffed by certified physicians, nurse practitioners, psychologists, and physician assistants and provides treatment for ongoing health problems and acute illnesses and injuries. Some services it provides to students include diagnosis and treatment for cold and flu viruses, general wellness and sports physicals, and testing and treatment for STDs. The clinic also has an on-site pharmacy where prescriptions can be filled. Appointments are preferred, but healthcare services may also be provided on a walk-in basis if appointment slots are available. The clinic also organizes events throughout the year, with STD testing provided for free on a walk-in basis.
311 Houston Street, Building 520
College Station, TX 77843
Brazos Valley Urgent Care is a walk-in clinic that provides a full array of healthcare services, such as treatment for minor illnesses and injuries, flu vaccines, physicals, and STD testing and treatment. The clinic runs standard lab work in its office, and in many cases, results are available before the patient leaves. While appointments are only provided on a walk-in basis, clients can check-in online ahead of time for a shorter waiting period. The clinic accepts most major health plans and has competitive prices for self-pay clients.
2911 South Texas Avenue, Suite #103
College Station, TX 77845