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Arlington Health Center
Arlington Public Health Center
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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 most common STDs in Grand Prairie include chlamydia, gonorrhea, and syphilis. This city ranks among the top 20 in the state for the number of STDs reported.
In 2018, Texas reported 145,874 chlamydia cases, which is equivalent to a frequency of about 508 infections per 100,000 people. This infection is most commonly disclosed in those aged 15-24. Among those in this demographic, chlamydia is reported at a rate of 2,311 infections per 100,000 people. In the Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington region, there were 36,756 documented cases. While this is nearly 900 fewer cases than the number disclosed in 2017, it’s a 20% increase over the number reported in 2011. Roughly 3% of these cases were diagnosed in Grand Prairie. In the Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington region, females were disproportionately diagnosed with chlamydia. Of the cases documented in the region, almost 70% were reported in females.
In 2018, Texas ranked 27th in the nation for the number of disclosed gonorrhea cases, with the CDC reporting 47,231 infections that year. This corresponds to a rate of 167 cases per 100,000 people, which is lower than the national frequency of 179 infections per 100,000 people. In the Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington region, there were 13,245 documented gonorrhea infections, for a rate of 179. While most of these infections were found in males, the rate among females has climbed in recent years. In 2011, 118 per 100,000 females were diagnosed with gonorrhea. In 2018, the rate among females was about 142.
Nationwide, the rate of primary and secondary syphilis has increased almost every year since 2001. While this infection is found mainly in males, cases among females have risen substantially in recent years. In the Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington region, there were 739 documented cases of P&S syphilis in 2018. This statistic shows a 6% increase over the number reported in 2017 and a 45% increase over 2011. Of these cases, 638 were diagnosed in males and 101 in females. The Texas STD Surveillance Report showed that 16 of these cases were documented in Grand Prairie in 2018, resulting in the city ranking among the top 25 in the state for the number of P&S syphilis cases.
The CDC recommends that everyone between the ages of 13 and 64 should be tested for STDs at least once in their lifetime. Additionally, all sexually active women aged 25 and under should be tested for gonorrhea and chlamydia annually or more often, depending on their risks of exposure. While the majority of STDs don’t cause noticeable symptoms, all untreated STDs can cause serious lifelong complications, such as infertility and sterility, birth defects, cancer, blindness, and a higher susceptibility for contracting HIV. The Grand Prairie region has several low-cost and free clinics that provide STD testing and treatment.
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 Grand Prairie 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 Tarrant County Public Health Department provides free or low-cost STD testing at its Arlington and Fort Worth clinic locations, as well as venues other than the department’s primary clinics, such as LVT Rise and Tarrant County Community College. STDs that clients may be tested for include chlamydia, gonorrhea, syphilis, HIV, HPV, and trichomoniasis. Herpes tests are available to those who have symptoms. Clients are directed to call for STD results and return for follow-up examinations. All testing is confidential, and HIV tests are conducted anonymously. Service fees apply and are charged based on the client’s income. To ensure prompt service, clients should call the clinic on the morning they wish to be tested.
1101 South Main Street
Fort Worth, TX 76104
The University of Texas School of Health Professions’ Community Prevention and Intervention Unit is located in Dallas, about 10 miles from Grand Prairie. It offers a full array of activities to prevent and promote awareness of health-related conditions. CPIU provides access to testing, counseling, and referral services for STDs, such as chlamydia, gonorrhea, and syphilis. This unit also offers medical monitoring and linkage to care for those who have recently been diagnosed with HIV, as well as AIDS and HIV support groups. For information about how to access CPIU’s programs, or to schedule STD testing services, clients should call the clinic.
8150 Brookriver Boulevard, Suite S-400
Dallas, TX 75247
AIDS Outreach Center is a large nonprofit organization that offers outreach, prevention, and community information services to individuals who are living with HIV. It provides a full range of HIV and STD testing at its facility and pop-up testing sites. Clients have access to HIV early detection and rapid testing, and tests for syphilis, herpes, chlamydia, and gonorrhea. All screening is provided free of charge, and the organization offers free treatment for chlamydia, gonorrhea, and syphilis. Services are provided on a walk-in basis on Mondays and Wednesdays and by appointment on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays. Appointments can be made over the phone or via the online booking tool.
400 North Beach Street
Fort Worth, TX 76111
Pregnancy Resource Center of Grand Prairie is a nonprofit organization that provides an array of services for pregnant women. In addition to free pregnancy tests, free sonogram services, and referrals to other community agencies, clients can receive free STD screenings for chlamydia and gonorrhea, as well as educational resources for other STDs. Appointments are required for services and can be made over the phone or by requesting contact via the website’s online form.
2305 Oak Lane, Building 4B, Suite 101
Grand Prairie, TX 75051
Southwest Fort Worth Health Center, located about 30 miles from Grand Prairie, is operated by Planned Parenthood. It offers affordable access to general health care services for males and females, pregnancy testing and services, and testing and treatment for STDs. Some STDs that clients can be tested for include chlamydia, gonorrhea, syphilis, trichomoniasis, herpes, and HIV. Tests may be conducted via a urine sample, blood draw, or throat swab, and results are available within a few days to a few weeks, depending on the test. To schedule an appointment, clients should call the clinic or use the online booking tool.
6464 John Ryan Drive, Suite B
Fort Worth, TX 76132