Midland Health and Senior Services
Chlamydia, gonorrhea, and syphilis are the three most prevalent STDs in Midland County. Public health officials are especially concerned about the sudden increase in the county’s syphilis rate.
The Texas Department of State Health Services reports that Midland County had 829 cases of chlamydia in 2018. Although the rate per 100,000 declined between 2017 and 2018, Midland County still has one of the higher chlamydia rates in the Permian Basin region of Texas. For example, nearby Pecos County has a much lower chlamydia rate of 51.0 cases per 100,000. Crane and Andrews Counties also have lower chlamydia rates than Midland County, with 2018 rates of 41.7 per 100,000 and 110.3 per 100,000, respectively. Midland County’s chlamydia rate is also significantly higher than the rates of nearby Glasscock and Reagan Counties. Glasscock County had a chlamydia rate of 216.1 per 100,000 in 2018, while Reagan County had a chlamydia rate of 294.0 per 100,000.
Midland County also has a high gonorrhea rate compared to many other counties in Texas, even though the county rate is somewhat lower than the state rate. In 2018, Midland County reported 131.0 cases of gonorrhea per 100,000 people, an increase from 116.7 cases per 100,000 in 2017. The gonorrhea rate for Midland County also increased between 2016 and 2017, which could indicate the start of a troubling trend.
Midland County’s STD statistics are especially concerning when comparing the 2017 syphilis rate to the 2018 syphilis rate. The Texas Department of State Health Services reports that Midland County had 42 cases of syphilis in 2018, a rate of 24.3 per 100,000. The rate of primary and secondary syphilis cases increased to 7.0 per 100,000 in 2018 from 4.8 per 100,000 in 2017.
STDs spread quickly from an infected person to his or her sexual partners. Some sexually transmitted infections also have no early warning signs, which means it’s possible to spread them without knowing it. Therefore, anyone sexually active needs to get tested regularly. Annual testing is recommended for women under the age of 25, gay men, and bisexual men. Pregnant women should also be tested for syphilis early in their pregnancies. More frequent testing may be needed if an individual has multiple partners or has sexual contact with someone who has been diagnosed with an STD.
For Midland residents who are concerned about their privacy, the Ector County Health Department in nearby Odessa offers STD testing Mondays through Wednesdays from 8:30 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. Testing is also available on Thursdays from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. The Ector County Health Department charges just $20 for an STD or HIV test, making this an affordable option for anyone in need of testing. The testing site accepts walk-ins only.
300 N. Grant Avenue
Odessa, TX 79761
The Midland Health Department offers HIV blood testing as well as testing for gonorrhea, syphilis, and chlamydia. Testing services are typically available Tuesday through Thursday between 8:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. However, the schedule is subject to change based on staff availability and the number of patients in need of services each day. Individuals in need of testing are advised to call to make sure walk-in appointments are available. Staff members are also available to provide HIV test counseling and distribute free condoms to walk-in patients.
3303 W. Illinois Avenue, Space 22
Midland, TX 79704
Basin Assistance Services, a program administered by PermiaCare, offers HIV testing and services for HIV-positive individuals living in and around Midland. Staff members keep test information confidential to ensure the comfort of everyone who receives services via PermiaCare. For individuals with proof of Texas residency and proof of current income, Basin Assistance Services offers HIV medications, dental care, counseling, medical transportation, and case management. These services help slow the progression of HIV and improve life for individuals living with the disease.
1330 E. 8th Street, Suite 315
Odessa, TX 79761