Minorities Action Program
South Central Location
Baylor College of Medicine
Teen Health Clinic at Ben Taub Clinic
Teen Health Clinic at LBJ Hospital Clinic
Teen Health Clinic at Tejano Center Clinic
Teen Health Clinic at Lawn Clinic
Richard Stasney Medical Clinic
Thomas Street Health Center
Northwest Community Health Center
Gulfgate Health Center
Settegast Health Center
Northside Health Center
Sunnyside Health Center
Sharpstown Health Clinic
Legacy Montrose California Clinic
Prevention Park Health Center
Southwest Health Center
Bellaire Community Health Center
Between 2011 and 2018, Texas saw a steady increase in reported cases of chlamydia. While 100,050 cases in 2018 were diagnosed in females, there was a 55% increase in reported cases in males during the previous seven years. In most cases, individuals infected with chlamydia were between the ages of 15 and 24, with 64% of residents with this diagnosis belonging to this age bracket. In Harris County, there were 27,415 reported cases of chlamydia in 2018, accounting for nearly one in five reported cases in the entire state. Of those cases, 21,981 were reported in Houston.
The reported rate of gonorrhea in Texas increased by 1.7% between 2017 and 2018, with 46,958 Texans diagnosed with this infection in 2018, for a rate of 163.6 per 100,000 residents. A slightly disproportionate number of these residents lived in Harris County, where there were 8,730 cases diagnosed in 2018, for a rate of 185.8 per 100,000 residents. Approximately 85% of these cases were diagnosed in Houston residents.
Of the 12,900 reported cases of syphilis in Texas in 2018, a quarter were diagnosed among Harris County residents. Between 2011 and 2018, the county had a 103% increase in syphilis cases, with 1,598 reported cases in 2011 compared to 3,251 cases in 2018. Houston residents accounted for about 15% of these cases, with 473 reported cases in 2018. Primary and secondary syphilis was most often diagnosed in residents between the ages of 25 and 34. Of those cases, 83.3% of cases were diagnosed in males, and 16.7% of cases were diagnosed in females. Left untreated, a pregnant woman with syphilis can transmit it to her unborn child. In 2018, there were 367 cases of congenital syphilis across Texas, a 123.5% increase from 2017.
Many STDs, such as chlamydia and gonorrhea, often have no symptoms. However, even STDs that could easily pass unnoticed can cause serious long-term issues, including infertility, certain types of cancer, bone deformities, and in extreme cases, death. Most STDs can be easily cured with treatment, and Houston has many free and low-cost clinics that provide quick and confidential STD testing.
AHF Wellness Center’s Houston location provides a broad array of health services, including information about STDs and cryotherapy treatments, as well as STD screenings and treatment and referrals for HIV-positive clients. For most clients, STD testing takes about 30 minutes, and individuals who test positive are notified by phone. This clinic is open on Tuesday and Thursday from 2:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m., and care is provided on a first-come, first-served basis. Payment for STD testing is not required, but donations are accepted.
1213 Hermann Drive, #620
Houston, TX 77004
Sunnyside Health Center is a walk-in clinic operated by the Houston Health Department. Clients can receive a variety of healthcare services, including pregnancy tests, tuberculosis screening, pre-exposure prophylaxis, dental care, immunizations, and STD screenings. The center is open Monday through Friday. The last client is accepted no later than 4:15 p.m. on Mondays, 10:15 a.m. on Wednesdays, and 3:15 p.m on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays. No appointment is necessary, though clients are not necessarily seen in order of arrival. A sliding fee schedule is available for uninsured clients, and no one is denied access to services due to an inability to pay.
4605 Wilmington Street
Houston, Texas 77051
The River Oak location of ANY LAB TEST NOW provides affordable healthcare services for men and women. Along with a full array of general health panels, the center provides a variety of STD screening options. Clients can choose specific STD screenings, such as syphilis or chlamydia, or they may elect to have a basic or comprehensive STD panel, depending on their needs and budget. Same day testing is provided, and results from the comprehensive STD panel are available within three to five days.
1005 Waugh Drive, Suite E
Houston, TX 77019
Sharpstown Health Services is operated by the Houston Health Department and is open on weekdays, with services provided on a first-come, first-served basis. This clinic provides a variety of sexual wellness services, including pregnancy tests, family planning, pre-exposure prophylaxis for clients who are at risk for HIV, immunizations, and STD screenings. Discounted services are offered for most services for qualifying clients, and no one is denied access to care due to an inability to pay.
6201 Bonhomme Road, South Tower, Third Floor
Houston, TX 77036
NextCare Urgent Care’s Houston location is a walk-in clinic that offers a variety of services, including treatment for illnesses, physicals, hepatitis B vaccines, and STD screenings. The clinic accepts most health insurance plans, and it offers two discount programs to make services accessible to uninsured clients. The clinic is open on weekdays from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. and on weekends from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., and clients can use the online check-in process for faster service.
Houston, TX 77070
Baylor College of Medicine Teen Health Clinic provides free primary and reproductive preventative healthcare services for adolescents and young adults ages 13 to 24. It offers a comprehensive array of STD testing for HIV, gonorrhea, chlamydia, syphilis, herpes, genital warts, bacterial vaginosis, and yeast infection, as well as treatment for positive STD screenings. If a client has a partner older than 24 years of age, that partner may also receive STD treatment.
1504 Taub Loop
Houston, TX 77030