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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.
Garland is primarily located within Dallas County and northeast of Dallas, making it part of the Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington metroplex, where the three most prevalent STDs are chlamydia, gonorrhea, and syphilis. Dallas County recorded increases in chlamydia and gonorrhea, while the DFW-Arlington metro saw a drop in chlamydia and an increase in gonorrhea, but both areas reported decreased numbers of primary and secondary syphilis in 2019.
Dallas County is the third-most populous county in Texas and contributed about 15.5% toward the state’s total chlamydia diagnoses in 2019. Chlamydia infections in Dallas County rose more than 10% in 2019, but they dropped over 1.5% in the DFW-Arlington metro. Chlamydia diagnoses among females in the metro were twice as prevalent as male cases every year between 2015 and 2018. However, the gap shrank in 2019 as chlamydia infections in men rose for five straight years and female cases dropped for the second year in a row. This marked the third time chlamydia infections have dropped among women, resulting in the metro’s 2019 case count being lower than it was in 2015.
Gonorrhea infections in Dallas County rose in 2019 by more than 12.5%, and the DFW-Arlington metro also reported an increase of over 5%. Dallas County ranked seventh among counties nationwide for the second year in 2019, but its rate of gonorrhea infection rose to more than 300 per 100,000 residents. In the metro, male cases of gonorrhea continued to outnumber female cases in 2019 as gonorrhea infections rose 6.5% among men but half this amount among women.
Dallas County ranked 23rd among counties for its rate of primary and secondary syphilis infections in 2019, which was down from 18th in 2018. P&S syphilis cases dropped by nearly 12% in the county. In comparison, the DFW-Arlington metro saw increases three years straight before seeing a relatively large decrease in 2019. The metro recorded increases of nearly 14% in 2016, about 29% in 2017, and almost 6% in 2018, but in 2019, P&S syphilis infections dropped over 20%. P&S diagnoses in the metro were five times higher among men than women in 2019.
While you may only experience mild discomfort or no symptoms at all from an STD, you can still pass it onto others and develop potentially serious long-term health issues. Protect yourself and your partner(s) by getting tested regularly at one of the facilities offering low-cost STD testing in Garland and other nearby Dallas County communities.
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 Garland 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 Garland PHC offers limited STD services without an appointment on Mondays through Thursdays from 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., Fridays from 7:30 a.m. to 7 p.m., and Saturdays from 8 a.m. to noon. You can get two types of hepatitis B tests for $30 or $55, hepatitis B or hepatitis A/B combo vaccines for $150, and HPV vaccines for $275. The clinic accepts BlueCross/BlueShield of Texas, CIGNA, Humana, Medicare, and United Healthcare.
206 Carver Drive
Garland, TX 75040
You can receive free STD screening and treatment at the AHF Wellness Center Dallas on Mondays and Thursdays from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m., although donations are accepted. No appointments are necessary to get chlamydia, syphilis, and gonorrhea tests. The clinic also provides you with information about safer sex, STDs, and cryotherapy treatments, and referrals to doctors specializing in providing HIV/AIDS treatment.
777 Forest Lane, Suite B-122
Dallas, TX 75230
Planned Parenthood’s Mesquite Health Center offers HIV and syphilis testing and chlamydia, gonorrhea, and herpes testing and treatment, among others. You can also get PrEP/PEP services, HPV vaccines, and condoms. Services are available in English or Spanish on Mondays from noon to 7 p.m. and Tuesdays through Fridays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. It’s recommended you make an appointment, but the clinic accepts walk-ins as the schedule allows. If you’re concerned about cost, it will work with you to provide budget-friendly health care.
1220 North Town East Boulevard, Suite 240
Mesquite, TX 75150
You must make an appointment to be seen Tuesdays through Thursdays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Texas Infectious Disease Institute. You can schedule low-cost chlamydia, hepatitis B and C, gonorrhea, syphilis, and herpes testing; and get PrEP services and hepatitis A and B vaccines. The TID institute accepts a wide range of private insurance plans and Medicaid, but it also has a sliding fee scale if you’re uninsured.
2821 East President George Bush Turnpike, Suite 500
Richardson, TX 75082
PIP of White Rock requires appointments for you to receive low-cost syphilis, herpes, chlamydia, hepatitis B and C, and gonorrhea testing, or hepatitis A and B and HPV vaccines. It accepts most insurance plans, Medicare, and HSA plans. You can schedule your services Mondays through Thursdays from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Fridays from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., but the clinic closes from noon to 1 p.m. daily for lunch.
9330 Poppy Drive, Suite 304
Dallas, TX 75218