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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.
The 2018 Texas STD Surveillance Report shows that the three most common STDs in Fort Worth are chlamydia, gonorrhea, and syphilis. Between 2011 and 2018, all three of these STDs have seen an increase in the number of reported cases.
In 2018, there were 145,874 reported cases of chlamydia in Texas. Of these, 9,571 cases were diagnosed in residents of Tarrant County. Chlamydia is comparatively more prevalent among young people in the state, with about two-thirds of new chlamydia infections occurring in individuals aged 15-24 years old. Among this age group, the rate of chlamydia is 2,310.6 per 100,000 people, compared to the overall statewide rate of 508.2.
In 2018, there were 46,958 reported gonorrhea cases in Texas, 1,742 of which were in Fort Worth. This city ranks as the fifth highest in the state for reported cases of this infection. Between 2011 and 2018, the rate of gonorrhea infections among females has remained relatively consistent, increasing by just 9%. However, among males, the rate increase during this time period is considerably more dramatic, with a rise of over 67%.
In 2018, the total number of syphilis cases in Texas was 115,045, the highest recorded since 1991. Of these, 35,063 were primary and secondary syphilis, which corresponds to a rate of 8.8. In Tarrant County, where Fort Worth is located, the rate of all syphilis cases was 37.3, and that of P&S syphilis was 13.6 in 2018. About 83% of these cases were diagnosed in males.
According to the Tarrant County Public Health Department, half of all sexually active people contract an STD by the age of 25. While some STDs have uncomfortable symptoms, many who are infected exhibit very mild symptoms or no symptoms at all. Unfortunately, even STDs that don’t cause great pain or discomfort can have serious long-term consequences. Left untreated, STDs like chlamydia, gonorrhea, and syphilis can cause complications such as infertility, birth defects, HIV, certain cancers, or in extreme cases, early death. Regular screening is the best way to identify most STDs and should be a part of routine health care for those who are sexually active. Fort Worth is home to several clinics that provide free STD testing services, making STD prevention and treatment accessible to everyone, regardless of income.
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 in Fort Worth 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:
AIDS Outreach Center is the county’s largest nonprofit AIDS service organization. It offers several outreach, prevention, and community information programs, along with free and low-cost services for HIV-positive individuals. Clients receive free testing for HIV, syphilis, herpes, chlamydia, and gonorrhea, and free treatment is available for those who test positive for chlamydia, gonorrhea, and syphilis. Clients are seen on a walk-in basis on Mondays and Wednesdays, and services are available by appointment on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays. To make an appointment, clients should call the clinic directly or use its online booking tool. In some cases, same-day appointments are available.
400 N. Beach Street
Fort Worth, TX 76111
Collins Family Planning Clinic is a community-based organization that provides a full range of health services for men, women, and adolescents aged 11-55. Services include annual exams, glucose and cholesterol screenings, and STD screening and treatment. The clinic screens for chlamydia, gonorrhea, syphilis, herpes, and HIV. For timely service, it’s recommended that clients make appointments, but walk-ins are also welcome. The clinic accepts Medicaid and most major health insurance plans, and a sliding fee schedule is available to self-pay clients to ensure affordable service. The clinic is open on weekdays from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
2900 S.E. Loop 820
Fort Worth, TX 76140
The HELP Center for LGBT Health & Wellness is a non-profit organization dedicated to health and educational services aimed at preventing AIDS/HIV and other STDs for the LGBT+ community since 1994. The HELP Center provides free rapid HIV and syphilis testing, PrEP & PEP services, condoms and lube as well as linking individuals living with HIV to follow up care. HELP operates the largest PrEP program in North Texas providing over 2,000 clients with PrEP services statewide both in-clinic and virtually through their TelePrEP program. HELP believes that everyone should have access to medical services to protect themselves from disease so all the services at the HELP Center are completely free of charge. There are no costs to see the provider, for labs or for medication no matter your income level or whether you are insured or uninsured. While this program primarily serves gay and bisexual men, testing is provided to all who need it.
1919 8th Avenue
Fort Worth, TX 76110
The Southwest Fort Worth Health Center is operated by Planned Parenthood and provides general health care services, pregnancy testing and services, and STD testing and treatment. Although some STD tests require an exam, gonorrhea and chlamydia testing is conducted through a urine sample. Clients who need an interpreter should inform the clinic when they schedule their appointment, providing at least three days’ notice. The clinic accepts Medicaid and most health insurance plans, and financial assistance is available to clients without health coverage. To schedule an appointment, clients can book online or call the clinic during operating hours.
6464 John Ryan Drive, Suite B
Fort Worth, TX 76132
The Tarrant County Public Health Department provides free or low-cost STD testing, treatment, and education at three locations, one of which is in Fort Worth. Clients are examined for common STDs, including gonorrhea, syphilis, chlamydia, gonorrhea, HIV, HPV, and trichomoniasis, and herpes tests are available to those with symptoms. Clients must call the clinic to receive their test results. Individual costs may vary, and fees are charged according to clients’ insurance coverage or income. Clients are required to call in the morning on the day they wish to be seen.
1101 S. Main Street
Fort Worth, TX 76104