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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
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.
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Between 2011 and 2018, Texas saw a steady increase in reported cases of chlamydia. While 100,050 cases were diagnosed in females in 2018 versus the 45,209 cases in males, there was a 55% increase in reported cases for males over the 2011 – 2018 period versus a 7% increase for females. Over half (64%) of reported cases of chlamydia in 2018 were between the ages of 15 and 24, the second highest age bracket being 25 to 34 year olds with 38,926 cases or approximately 27% of total cases. 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 were 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.
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 Houston 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:
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, 2 to 6 p.m., and care is provided on a first-come, first-serve 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. Appointments are necessary and patients are seen on a first come, first serve basis.. 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
Sharpstown Health Services is operated by the Houston Health Department and is open on weekdays, with services provided on a first-come, first-serve 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. STD testing is provided by appointment only, with the last client served at 3:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday, and 11 a.m. on Friday.
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, 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. and on weekends, 8 a.m. to 5 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. Baylor College of Medicine has seven teen clinic locations in the Houston area.
1504 Taub Loop
Houston, TX 77030