Mark Allen DO MPH AAHIVS
Womens Services and Family Clinic
Steven R Klemow MD
Amelia Court Clinic
Oak Cliff Clinic
Oak Lawn Center
Nelson-Tebedo Community Clinic
School of Health Professions
According to the CDC, the three most common STDs in Irving are chlamydia, gonorrhea, and syphilis. In 2018, Irving ranked 13th in the state for the highest number of STD cases.
Between 2000 and 2018, chlamydia became increasingly prevalent among Texans. In 2000, there were just 68,814 cases documented statewide. But that number had increased by 113% to 146,510 by 2018. Of those cases, 1,356 were reported in Irving, making it the 13th highest in the state for this STD. Statewide, females are considerably more likely than males to be diagnosed with the disease. In 2018, for every 100,000 females, 692.8 were diagnosed with chlamydia. By comparison, the rate among males that year was 317.
Nationwide, the highest rates of gonorrhea are among sexually active adolescents, young adults, and African Americans. In 2018, there were 46,958 documented cases of gonorrhea in Texas, a 1.7% increase over the number reported in the prior year. Of those cases, 7,486 were reported in Dallas County, where Irving is located, making it the second-highest county in the state for the number of infections, and 497 were reported in Irving proper. Between 2011 and 2018, the frequency of incidences among females remained relatively consistent, increasing by only 9% during that time frame. However, the rate among males increased dramatically. In 2011, 113 out of 100,000 males were diagnosed with this disease. By 2018, that rate increased by 67% to 189.1.
In 2018, there were 12,900 documented cases of syphilis in Texas, 9,973 of which were reported in males. Of the total number of syphilis cases, 2,528 were primary and secondary syphilis. Irving ranked 10th in the state in 2018 for P&S syphilis with 28 disclosed cases. While this disease is considerably more common in males, the number of disclosed cases among females has been on the rise in recent years. In 2011, primary and secondary syphilis was reported in Texas females at a frequency of 2.0 females out of every 100,000. By 2018, the rate rose by nearly 50% to 2.9. P&S syphilis disproportionately affects those aged 25-34, with this age group being diagnosed at a frequency of 23.7 per 100,000 people.
In the majority of cases, STDs do not produce any symptoms, or the symptoms are so mild that they go unnoticed. For that reason, many people who have STDs aren’t aware that they need medical care. Unfortunately, most STDs only go away with appropriate treatment, often an antibiotic. Left untreated, they can cause serious long-term complications, such as infertility and sterility, vision problems, heart disease, and a higher susceptibility to HIV. It’s recommended that everyone who is sexually active should be tested for STDs at least once, depending on their habits and risk of exposure. The Irving area is home to several nonprofit clinics and organizations that provide free or low-cost STD testing and treatment.
The University of Texas School of Health Professions’ Community Prevention and Intervention Unit is involved in a variety of activities to help prevent health-related conditions. Located in Dallas, CPIU provides Irving residents with easy access to counseling, testing, and referral services for HIV and STDs. Some infectious diseases tested for include chlamydia, gonorrhea, and syphilis. This unit also provides linkage to care and small groups for those who test positive for HIV. For information on how to participate in programs or schedule STD testing, clients should contact the clinic.
The Urban Inter-Tribal Center of Texas operates the Primary Care Clinic, which provides a full array of family practice services, such as wellness care, acute care for illnesses or injuries, and testing and treatment for STDs. To be eligible for services, which the center receives funding to provide and pay for, prospective patients must be enrolled members of federally recognized American Indian tribes or Alaskan Natives. Appointments are required for services and can be made by calling the clinic.
1261 Record Crossing Road
Dallas, TX 75235
Dallas County’s Health and Human Services Department operates the Sexual Health Clinic, which provides free or low-cost STD testing and treatment to residents of Dallas County. Clients may receive services for chlamydia, gonorrhea, herpes, and syphilis, and vaccines for HPV and hepatitis A and B are available. The clinic is open on weekdays with varying hours of operation. Testing is provided on a walk-in basis or by appointment, which can be scheduled over the phone, and clients are encouraged to arrive early to fill out paperwork.
2377 N Stemmons Fwy., Ste 100
Dallas, TX 75207
The Source provides a full array of free or low-cost reproductive services for women living in the North Texas region. Every client receives full-panel STD testing, which includes chlamydia, gonorrhea, syphilis, and HIV. For those who test positive for an STD, the clinic provides treatment for the woman and her partner. In addition to STD testing and treatment, the clinic offers pregnancy and parenting classes, assistance with new baby clothes and accessories, help with applying for Medicaid, options counseling, and well-woman exams. Appointments are required for services and can be requested online or over the phone.
Los Barrios Unidos Community Clinic is a nonprofit clinic that provides a full array of healthcare services, including preventative health care, laboratory services, immunizations, and STD testing and treatment. Care is available on a walk-in basis, but appointments are preferred and prioritized over walk-in patients. Fees for service for those without health insurance are based on a sliding scale, determined by family size and income. There are no income restrictions or eligibility requirements for patients, and no one is denied services due to inability to pay.
809 Singleton Boulevard
Dallas, TX 75212