Regional Maternal and Child Health Program
According to the 2018 Texas Surveillance Report, chlamydia, gonorrhea, and syphilis are the three most commonly reported STDs in the state. Although there was a very slight downturn of chlamydia diagnoses across the state, rates of all three remain high. Katy ranks 21st among Texas cities for the highest number of STD cases.
Katy, TX, is located in Harris County, although it’s right at the point where Harris, Waller, and Fort Bend counties meet. Harris County has the highest number of chlamydia cases in the state for 2018. However, since Harris County includes the Houston Metro area, its rate of 583.5 per 100,000 persons is actually much lower than in other counties. Nearby Waller and Fort Bend counties show rates of 367.1 and 408.8, respectively, which is much less than Texas as a whole at 508.2. Overall, in Texas, chlamydia infections are reported more in females than in men, and those aged 15-24 seem to be particularly affected.
Infections of gonorrhea are on the rise in Texas, and Harris County reported 8,730 documented cases of gonorrhea in 2018, over 2,000 more than in 2017. This translates to a rate of 185.8 per 100,000 persons. Nearby Fort Bend and Waller counties had rates of 100.8 and 92.2, much lower than Harris county’s figure and the state average of 163.6. In Texas, the rate of infected males was 189.1, while diagnosed females were much lower at 137.6 per 100,000 persons. The most at-risk age group appears to be those aged 15-24, accounting for almost 50% of the state’s cases.
As a whole, Texas is suffering a rebirth of syphilis, and Harris County, where Katy is located, is no exception. The county had 3,251 total cases of syphilis, and 524 of those occurred in new instances of P&S syphilis, which is when the disease is most transferable. These numbers place Harris County among the highest in the state, and its rate of 69.2 per 100,000 people is significantly higher than the state’s rate of 44.9. Statistically, men are at a much higher risk of contracting the disease, with females only making up 22% of the total cases. Syphilis impacts those aged 25-34 the most (37.7%) and is also overwhelmingly more present in men who have sex with men (64% of individuals with P&S syphilis).
Sexually active adults and adolescents should get tested for STDs at least once in their life and more often if their lifestyle warrants it. Although some STDs cause symptoms right away, others may be asymptomatic, or the initial signs may go away, letting the person think they’re unharmed. Unfortunately, over the long term, hidden STDs can cause severe health complications and risk the lives of babies born to infected mothers. The only way to be certain you’re not carrying an STD is to get tested. Katy, TX, has several clinics and health centers that provide free or low-cost testing for residents.
This nonprofit organization is completely funded by private organizations and churches. It services residents of Katy and Western Houston, providing primary and preventative health care, pharmacy medications, and lab work. Some of its sexual health services include STD and hepatitis C screenings and pregnancy testing. Clients without adequate insurance and those who meet the federal poverty limits (below 200%) receive free or low-cost care. Christ Clinic accepts walk-ins daily, Monday through Friday, and staff members speak English and Spanish.
25722 Kingsland Boulevard, Suite 101
Katy, TX 77494
The local office of the SBCHC in Katy, TX, provides STD screenings and treatment; behavioral health counseling; women’s care, including pregnancy issues; and dental services. Fees are based on a sliding scale, and the Center accepts Medicare, Texas Medicaid, and other insurances. Telemedicine is available for STD counseling, as well as primary care needs. Appointments are required for visits, and the Center has an online appointment form where you can request morning, afternoon, or evening visits, Monday through Friday.
5502 1st Street
Katy, TX 77493
This regional program focuses on women and their families, and funding sources ensure no woman goes without care due to lack of income. WIC nutrition services are available free of charge. As an adjunct to prenatal care, the clinic provides STD screenings and sexual health counseling. The clinic is open during the day, Monday through Friday, and on Thursday evenings. Spanish speaking staff are on hand.
511 Park Grove Drive
Katy, TX 77450
As a Federally Qualified Health Center, Access Health services all patients, regardless of income or the ability to pay. It accepts most insurances, Texas Medicaid, and Medicare, and fees are based on a sliding scale. HIV and hepatitis C support services are offered, as well as testing for various STDs. Appointments are required for in-person and telehealth visits, and you can register via the online portal, which has Spanish and English forms. Access Health is open Monday through Friday, during daytime hours.
1260 Pin Oak Road
Katy, TX 77494
Located on the west side of Houston, Sharpstown Health Services offers sexual health care to adults and adolescents. STD screenings are available by walk-in only Monday through Thursday, during the day, and Friday mornings. Appointments can be set up for HIV PrEP on Mondays and Tuesdays only. Fees are adjustable based on the patient’s income level, and no one is denied service for lack of funds.
6201 Bonhomme Road
South Tower, Third Floor
Houston, TX 77036