Teen Health Clinic at Tejano Center Clinic
Gulfgate Health Center
Sunnyside Health Center
Regional Maternal and Child Health
Pearland, TX is part of the Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land Metro Area and lies in Public Health Region 6. The city is located mostly in Brazoria County, although sections may cross over into Fort Bend and Harris counties. Region 6 ranks third in the state for chlamydia diagnoses and second for total syphilis cases. Brazoria County saw a significant increase in P&S syphilis in 2018.
Chlamydia is one of the most commonly reported STDs throughout Texas and Brazoria County. Region 6, which includes Pearland and Houston, is ranked third among Texas Public Health Regions, accounting for 25%, or 36,868 cases out of the state’s 145,874. Chlamydia is reported much more frequently in women, and 2018’s caseload corroborates this with 68% or 100,050 of the state’s infections among females. Although most cases occurred in those between the ages of 15 and 34, adolescents and young adults between 15 and 24 had the highest percentage of reported infections (over 63%). Documented chlamydia diagnoses in Texas show a decline, if slight, between 2017 and 2018.
Across Texas, gonorrhea rates rose slowly from 2017, only +1.7%, while in Brazoria County, the rate declined 5%. 2018 distribution trends in Texas show male cases are increasing, while reported incidents in females are slightly decreasing. The percentage breakdown in 2018 was 42% females and 57% males with 1% unknown, while 2017 had 55% males and 44% females with 1% unknown. Adolescents and young adults have the highest reported gonorrhea diagnoses, making up 23,403 of the state’s 46,958 cases — roughly 50%.
In Brazoria County, P&S syphilis cases doubled from 2017 to 2018, bringing the county’s rate to 3.2 per 100,000 persons. However, this was much lower than nearby Harris County’s rate of 12.0. Texas Public Health Region 6, which contains Pearland and Houston, ranked second in total syphilis rates, averaging 51.2 per 100,000 persons, higher than the state average of 44.9. Throughout the state, cases of P&S syphilis have risen over the past eight years, with infections occurring most often in men. Distribution statistics between the sexes show only 16% of females reporting syphilis infections. Adults aged 25 to 34 seem to have the highest risk of contracting the disease, with that age group making up almost 40% of the state’s cases in 2018. Incidents of congenital syphilis rose from 164 in 2017 to 367 in 2018, a dramatic uptick.
Many STDs can be completely cured with a course of antibiotics. But, left untreated, these same STDs can cause major health complications, including infertility and Pelvic Inflammatory Disease in women and cancer and organ failure in both sexes. Since STDs symptoms vary and may be so mild as to be unnoticeable, the only way for sure to know if you’re carrying an infection is through testing. Sexually active adults should get tested at least once in their life and/or annually, depending upon their sexual habits. Fortunately, it’s easy to find free- or low-cost testing thanks to nonprofit organizations and federal funding, and Pearland residents have several options to choose from.
Focusing on women’s sexual health and pregnancy support, the University of Texas RMCHPs offer pregnancy testing and screening for sexually transmitted infections. If the testing is positive, physicians can prescribe medications that are safe for use during pregnancy. The center also provides counseling and family planning services. Fees are significantly reduced and based on income levels, or the service is free thanks to several funding organizations. Visitors can access the center Mondays from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m., and Tuesdays through Fridays from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Appointments can be scheduled online or by calling the center.
2750 East Broadway
Pearland, TX 77851
Located just north of Pearland, the Sunnyside Health Center provides walk-in STD services on Monday through Friday. The time for the last client of the day varies, so patients should call first. In addition to screening for common STDs, Sunnyside offers vaccines, PrEP treatment (by appointment only), pregnancy tests, and family planning advice, including contraception. Adolescents don’t need parental permission for services. All fees are based on a sliding scale, and no one is turned away for lack of funds.
4605 Wilmington Street
Houston, TX 77051
The Harris County Health System operates the Gulfgate Center, providing medical, psychiatric, and sexual health care. Appointments are required and can be scheduled over the phone or online. Equipped with an on-site lab and pharmacy, the Gulfgate Center can offer patients preventative vaccines, testing, and treatment at one location. Most insurance plans are accepted, including Original Medicare and Texas Medicaid.
7550 Office City Drive
Houston, TX 77012
City residents who live south of Pearland can visit the Angleton Clinic every Tuesday on a first-come, first-served basis. Sign-ins begin at 12:30 p.m., and visitors should call ahead to confirm the clinic is open. Using a combination of blood draws or physical exams, the staff can test for gonorrhea, chlamydia, syphilis, and HIV. Patients who test positive will receive treatment, along with counseling and further prevention strategies.
934 East Mulberry Street
Angleton, TX 77515
Located just west of Pearland, the Missouri City Annex Clinic, operated by Fort Bend County Health Department, offers easy access to free STD testing and treatment. Sexual health services include screening for HIV, syphilis, chlamydia, and gonorrhea, treatment, and preventative STD counseling. Visitors should schedule an appointment during open hours, which are Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. — the clinic is closed from 12 p.m. to 1 p.m. each day.
307 Texas Parkway, Suite 148
Missouri City, TX 77489
Open Tuesdays and Thursdays from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m., AHF in downtown Houston provides screening and treatment for sexually transmitted infections, including chlamydia, gonorrhea, and syphilis. All testing is completely free of charge. HIV testing is also available, and patients who test positive for HIV can receive referrals to doctors who specialize in supportive care. No appointments are required.
1213 Hermann Drive, Suite 620
Houston, TX 77004