AHF Dallas at Medical City Hospital
Salwa Drame PA-C
Downtown Pregnancy Center
Martin Luther King Jr Family Clinic
Womens Services and Family Clinic
Amelia Court Clinic
Infectious Diseases Clinic
Southeast Dallas Health Center
Bluitt-Flowers Health Center
Vickery Health Center
North Dallas Shelburne Health Center
Oak Lawn Center
Oak Cliff Clinic
South Dallas Health Center
Nelson-Tebedo Community Clinic
Baxter-Crowley Health and Wellness Center
School of Health Professions
Dallas County reported a massive increase in the number of chlamydia cases in 2017 when it hit a rate of 503.6 per 100,000 residents. While the numbers improved slightly in 2018, the rate still hovers around 500, which is a significant increase from the 439.3 rate reported in 2014, according to the CDC. The 2018 Texas STD Surveillance report includes a larger metro area for Dallas County and records even higher numbers with a current rate of 720.9. Nationwide, Dallas County ranks 8th for chlamydia, making it a problem of near epidemic proportions.
The CDC reports steady increases in the number of gonorrhea cases reported in Dallas County. Over a 5-year period, the incidence rate went up from 132.2 to 179.0. The Texas Surveillance report shows a sharp drop between 2011 and 2012 when the rate went from 211.8 to 183.3. Since that improvement, numbers have trended steadily upward to 283.8 in 2018. Since the low in 2012, gonorrhea cases have increased by more than 66% in Dallas County, putting the region at number seven nationally.
From near eradication in the late 1950s and again in 2000, syphilis instances have grown tremendously over the last decade. Currently, rates in Dallas County sit at 100 out of 100,000 people, which is nearly double the 54.4 rate of 2011. The total number of cases is 2,637 for 2018, which puts the county in the top 20 for the country.
Some people with STDs experience uncomfortable symptoms. However, many people don’t experience any symptoms at all. Unfortunately, not having any symptoms doesn’t mean that the STD isn’t causing damage to your body. Early detection is the best way to minimize complications from an STD, which can cause a variety of long-term problems and may affect fertility. If you are sexually active, regular testing is the only way to get a clean bill of sexual health.
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 Dallas 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:
The Dallas County Health and Human Services department is run by the local government and operates an HIV Early Intervention Clinic that also offers syphilis testing. Both traditional and rapid tests are available for fees that range from $15-20. Clinic hours are 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday- Friday, and an appointment is required for rapid testing. To get results, bring a picture ID to the testing location after the appropriate waiting period.
2377 N. Stemmons Freeway
Dallas, TX 75207
The School of Health Professionals at UT Southwestern manages the Community Prevention and Intervention Unit to help prevent the spread of STDs. The CPIU works with professionals and community partnerships to deliver STD counseling and education. Some examples include drug rehab centers, halfway houses, and the county jail. Services include free HIV, syphilis, gonorrhea, and chlamydia testing, along with support groups and community outreach.
8150 Brookriver Dr, South Tower Ste S400
Dallas, Texas 75247
Planned Parenthood offers a variety of family planning and sexual education programs, including STD testing. In addition to syphilis, gonorrhea, and chlamydia testing, this location also screens for bacterial vaginosis, genital warts, herpes, and other less common STDs. Prevention options are also available, such as condoms, dental dams, and the HPV vaccine. Screening is available to walk-in patients and by scheduled appointments. Financial assistance may be available to help with the cost of services. Both English and Spanish language providers are on-hand to answer questions and explain test results.
9100 N. Central Expwy, #169
Dallas, TX 75231
At the Nelson-Tebedo location of Resource Center, patients receive both STD testing and treatment for a single, nominal fee. Appointments are available Monday through Saturday with limited walk-in capacity on Thursdays. Walk-ins are seen on a first-come, first-served basis between 1:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Fees range from $0 to $100 depending on the type of test and treatment needed.
4012 Cedar Springs
Dallas, TX 75219
The Aids Healthcare Foundation operates FreeSTDCheck.org to connect people with free and low-cost resources to help with STD screening and treatment. The Dallas location includes a medical clinic that offers birth control, blood testing, and other diagnostic services along with free STD testing. This walk-in clinic is open on Mondays and Thursdays from 5 p.m. until 9 p.m.
7777 Forest Lane, Suite B-122
Dallas, Texas 71230