Public Health Region 11
Corpus Christi Family Planning Clinic
Corpus Christi is a coastal city in southern Texas and the largest city of Nueces County. Corpus Christi ranked eighth among cities statewide with the highest number of combined STD cases in 2018.
Texas recorded nearly 146,000 cases of chlamydia in 2018. Nueces County ranked 11th statewide among Texas’ 254 counties for its number of chlamydia cases, yet it only made up about 2% of the state’s total. It also ranked 17th statewide for its chlamydia infection rate of over 700 per 100,000 residents. Most of Nueces County’s chlamydia infections occur in Corpus Christi, which was responsible for about 90.5% of the county’s total in 2018.
Gonorrhea infections in Texas almost reached 47,000 in 2018, and Nueces County was accountable for about 2% of that number. Reports of gonorrhea increased by more than 52% in Nueces County in 2018 compared to 2017. It was ranked 10th statewide for its number of gonorrhea infections and 18th for its infection rate. More than 93% of the county’s gonorrhea cases were attributable to infections recorded in Corpus Christi. Gonorrhea testing and reporting help track its progress and allow local and state organizations to build better intervention programs.
Texas ranked 20th in the nation for its rate of primary and syphilis infections in 2018, with about 4% of these cases coming from Nueces County. Nueces ranked sixth statewide for its number of infections and second for its infection rate. More than 89% of the county’s primary and secondary syphilis infections were recorded in Corpus Christi.
Texas also ranked first in the nation for its reported number and infection rate of congenital syphilis. More than 28% of the nation’s congenital syphilis cases occurred in Texas, with about 14% of the state’s total coming from Public Health Region 11, where Corpus Christi is located. Texas has seen significant spikes in congenital syphilis in the last two years, with a 131% increase in 2017 and another increase of nearly 124% in 2018. Nearly half of all babies infected with syphilis in the womb die before or shortly after birth, making it vital for expectant mothers to receive syphilis testing several times during their pregnancy.
Chlamydia, gonorrhea, and syphilis can be cured with antibiotics, but you must get tested to be diagnosed and receive treatment. Left untreated, these and other STDs can cause serious and potentially life-threatening bodily harm. You can purchase at-home tests for syphilis, gonorrhea, chlamydia, HIV, and other STDs at many local pharmacies or schedule free or low-cost STD testing at various Corpus Christi organizations.
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 Corpus Christi 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:
Corpus Christi-Nueces City Health District provides exams, testing, treatment, and counseling for HIV/AIDS and STDs. Free condoms are also offered. For a $20 fee, you can receive testing and required medications for chlamydia, gonorrhea, syphilis, herpes, HIV, and other infections. Herpes simplex virus type 2 testing costs $30. It accepts insurance, Medicaid, and Medicare and offers a sliding fee scale if you’re uninsured. Clinic hours are Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. but closes for lunch from noon to 1 p.m.
1702 Horne Road, Room 134
Corpus Christi, TX 78416
WAMHS provides STD testing and treatment with medications for chlamydia, gonorrhea, herpes, syphilis, and HIV. It uses a sliding scale and offers payment plans. Most patients pay zero to $25, but it never turns anyone due to an inability to pay. Appointments are recommended, but walk-in and same-day appointments are available. Clinic hours are Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Tuesdays and Thursdays from 8:15 a.m. to 7 p.m.
4410 Dillon Lane, #1
Corpus Christi, TX 78415
Multiple Corpus Christi locations
CBWF provides free HIV, syphilis, and hepatitis C rapid testing. Chlamydia, gonorrhea, and confirmatory testing are $13.50 per test. Free at-home HIV/STD test kits and free condoms are available. CBWF has a mobile testing unit if you’re unable to reach the clinic. CBWF accepts private insurance, Medicaid, and Medicare and offers a sliding scale if you’re uninsured. Walk-in testing hours are Mondays and Wednesdays through Fridays from 8:30 a.m. to noon and 1:30 p.m. to 4 p.m., and Tuesdays from 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. and 4:30 p.m. to 7 p.m.
2882 Holly Road
Corpus Christi, TX 78415
STFPHC offers low-cost HIV/AIDS, hepatitis C, chlamydia, gonorrhea, and syphilis testing with an on-site lab and same-day results. It also provides HPV and hepatitis B vaccines. STFPHC accepts Medicaid and Medicare and has a sliding fee scale if you’re uninsured. Clinic hours are Mondays from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., Wednesdays from 9 a.m. to noon and 1 p.m. to 6 p.m., and Fridays from 9 a.m. to noon.
4455 South Padre Island Drive, Suite 30
Corpus Christi, TX 78411
361-883-0610 or 361-883-0619
STSARS offers free HIV, chlamydia, gonorrhea, hepatitis B and C, and syphilis testing. It also provides hepatitis A and B vaccines. Office hours are Mondays and Fridays from 5:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Tuesdays through Thursdays from 5:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. STSARS also provides substance abuse treatment. Services are free if you can’t afford to pay for treatment.
907 Antelope Street
Corpus Christi, TX 78401