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AHF Dallas at Medical City Hospital
Collin County Office
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Addison 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.
Plano is about 20 miles north of downtown Dallas and primarily lies in Collin County, where chlamydia infections were down but gonorrhea and syphilis infections were up in 2018. Out of the top 50 cities with the highest combined STD case numbers, Plano ranked 25th.
While chlamydia infections in Texas went up in 2018, the increase was less than 0.5%. On the other hand, Collin County recorded a drop in chlamydia cases of about 2% in 2018. This decline contributed to the county’s infection rate dropping from 300.5 per 100,000 residents to 284.5 and marked the first decrease since 2013. Chlamydia diagnoses in Collin County only accounted for about 2% of the state’s total, but it still ranked 10th out of the 254 Texas counties for its total number of chlamydia infections. Plano’s chlamydia cases comprised over 30% of the county’s total in 2018.
Gonorrhea infections in Texas went up by more than 3% in 2018, but outbreaks went up by more than 4.5% in Collin County. The county has seen gonorrhea diagnoses increase every year since 2014, resulting in an overall growth of more than 133.5% between 2013 and 2018. The number of gonorrhea cases in 2018 resulted in Collin County being ranked ninth statewide, but it didn’t even make the top 25 for its rate of infection. Gonorrhea cases in Plano represented about 29% of the county’s total in 2018.
Syphilis infections in both the state and county saw significant increases in 2018 compared to the top two most reported STDs. Texas’ number of total syphilis infections in all stages increased by more than 12% in 2018, but primary and syphilis infections alone went up by more than 17.5%. Collin County fared even worse with an increase of more than 23% in total syphilis diagnoses in all stages and a spike of nearly 43% in P&S syphilis infections alone. P&S syphilis cases in Collin County peaked and declined several times between 2011 and 2018, but the result was a case count in 2018 that was six times higher than it was in 2011. The county ranked 11th in 2018 for its number of P&S syphilis cases, and Plano’s reported diagnoses contributed over 23% to the county’s total.
An undiagnosed STD puts your partners at risk of contracting the disease and you at risk for potentially devastating health problems. While many STDs are easily treated, left unmanaged, they can cause infertility and harm unborn children. When you get tested at one of the free or low-cost STD testing facilities in Plano and other nearby communities, you protect others from the disease, and you can seek treatment to prevent serious complications.
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 in Plano 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:
Collin County’s STD/HIV Clinic provides STD screening, counseling, and treatment services to eligible uninsured/underinsured residents of Collin County by appointment only. You can receive HIV, herpes, and hepatitis A/B/C screening; gonorrhea, chlamydia, syphilis, bacterial vaginosis, and trichomoniasis testing and treatment; and HPV treatment. The base price for services is $30, but additional charges may apply. A sliding fee scale is available. STD/HIV clinic hours are Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. and Monday through Thursday from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.
825 North McDonald Street, Suite 130
McKinney, Texas 75069
Health Services of North Texas’ Collin County Center offers HIV and hepatitis C testing and treatment. It accepts most commercial insurance, Medicaid, and CHIP and offers a sliding fee scale based on income if you qualify. You can also receive STD treatment and screenings for HIV, gonorrhea, hepatitis, chlamydia, herpes, syphilis, HPV, and trichomoniasis from its Denton location at 4304 Mesa Drive. Both locations are open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. but close daily for lunch from noon to 1 p.m.
2540 K Avenue, Suite 500
Plano, TX 75074
Planned Parenthood’s Plano Health Center provides low-cost syphilis and HIV testing and chlamydia, gonorrhea, syphilis, and herpes testing and treatment, among others. You can also get male/female condoms and PrEP/PEP services. If you have STD symptoms, you must get an exam. Services are provided in English or Spanish by appointment or on a walk-in basis as time allows. The clinic offers a sliding fee scale and is open Mondays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Tuesdays from noon to 7 p.m.
600 North Central Expressway
Plano, TX 75074
Urgent Care of Texas offers a wide range of diagnostic screenings, including chlamydia, gonorrhea, and syphilis testing. You can also get HPV and hepatitis A and B vaccinations. You won’t need an appointment to be seen. All services are provided at a low cost, and private insurance and Medicaid are accepted. Feel free to walk in anytime, Monday through Friday, from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
3909 West Parker Road, Suite 104
Plano, TX 75023
The AHF Wellness Center in Dallas is about 10 miles from Plano and offers free chlamydia, gonorrhea, and syphilis testing and treatment. It also provides information about safer sex, STDs, and cryotherapy treatments. You can also get a referral to a doctor who specializes in HIV/AIDS if you’ve tested positive. Services are available on Mondays and Thursdays from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m.
777 Forest Lane, Suite B-122
Dallas, TX 75230