The Health Center of Helping Hands
Rockwall is the seat of Rockwall County, the smallest county by size of all 254 Texas counties, and it’s part of the Dallas–Fort Worth metroplex. While chlamydia and gonorrhea are the two most reported STDs in Rockwall, case numbers for both rose much more slowly than those of syphilis, the third-most reported STD.
Across Texas, chlamydia infections among women were more than twice as high as those among men in 2018. Adolescents/young adults aged 15 to 24 were the group with the highest incidence of infection, representing nearly 64% of all cases statewide. In Rockwall County, chlamydia infections were slightly lower in 2018 compared to the previous year. However, since 2011, the county has had an increase of about 39% in chlamydia cases overall.
Before 2014, gonorrhea infections were more prevalent in women than men in Texas, but the number of male cases has been higher every year since. This included 2018 when gonorrhea infections reported in males accounted for more than 57% of all cases, and those among females represented slightly over 42%. Rockwall County had only 0.10% of the state’s gonorrhea cases in 2018. Although the county’s case numbers were down from 2017, it represented an increase of about 77% compared to 2011.
Syphilis cases in all stages were three times more prevalent in men than women in 2018, with males representing more than 77% of the statewide total. Separating primary and secondary syphilis infections, cases among men were five times higher than those among women, with males comprising more than 83% of the statewide total. Rockwall County, like Texas overall, saw a much higher increase in syphilis infections compared to chlamydia and gonorrhea. Although the county reported less than 20 syphilis cases in all stages, this represented a 260% increase from the five reported in 2011. Less than a quarter of these cases were primary and secondary syphilis infections, but this still amounted to a 400% increase compared to 2011 when there weren’t any cases reported.
STD testing is one of the most important things you can do for your overall sexual health because left undetected and untreated, STDs can cause infertility, organ damage, and even death. It’s easy to pass along an infection since many STDs are asymptomatic. If you’re sexually active, learn your STD status to protect yourself and your sexual partners by getting tested at one of the low-cost facilities in Rockwall or nearby communities.
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 available in Rockwall 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:
Rockwall County Helping Hands provides HIV, chlamydia, gonorrhea, herpes, and syphilis testing, and HPV and hepatitis A and B vaccines. If you’re a Rockwall County resident, you can receive free or reduced-rate services through its income-based sliding scale program. It also accepts Medicaid, Medicare, and private insurance and offers low-cost lab fees and prescription assistance. Clinic hours are Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and 1:30 p.m. to 5 p.m., and by appointment only on Saturdays from 8 a.m. to noon.
401 West Rusk Street, Suite 100
Rockwall, TX 75087
CVS MinuteClinic is a convenient option for low-cost HIV, chlamydia, gonorrhea, hepatitis B and C, and syphilis testing, and HPV and hepatitis vaccines. Clinic staff members review your specimen sample(s) results and provide treatment recommendations, which may include a prescription. CVS accepts most insurance plans, Medicare, and Medicaid. MinuteClinic hours are Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. and 2:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m., Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 1:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m., and Sundays from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 1:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.
2004 North Goliad Street
Rockwall, TX 75087
Planned Parenthood operates the Mesquite Health Center, offering HIV, chlamydia, gonorrhea, herpes, syphilis, bacterial vaginosis, genital warts, and trichomoniasis testing. It also distributes dental dams and male and female condoms, supplies PrEP and PEP solutions, and administers HPV vaccines. Services are provided in English and Spanish by appointment or on a walk-in basis as the schedule allows. If you’re uninsured, you may be eligible to receive financial assistance. Clinic hours are Mondays from noon to 7 p.m. and Tuesdays through Fridays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
1220 North Town East Boulevard, Suite 240
Mesquite, TX 75150
At the Nelson-Tebedo Clinic, located 27 miles from Rockwall in Dallas, you can get HIV testing, STD testing and treatment, HIV and STI prevention services, PrEP, gender-affirming care, lab work, and vaccinations. Services include free syphilis testing with low-cost treatment for $40; chlamydia and gonorrhea testing for $40 for both and treatment for $40; herpes testing without treatment; and hepatitis A/B/C screening for $100 or $40 for individual tests, but treatment isn’t offered.
4012 Cedar Springs Road
Dallas, TX 75219
North Texas Infectious Diseases Consultants, located 22 miles away in Dallas, has low-cost chlamydia, gonorrhea, syphilis, herpes, hepatitis B and C, and HIV testing. The center also provides HPV vaccines, PrEP, PEP, and treatment for HIV, herpes, HPV, hepatitis B and C, and other viral infections. NTIDC accepts private insurance. You can schedule an appointment Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., and times are also available on Saturdays.
3409 Worth Street, Suite 710
Dallas, TX 75246
Abounding Prosperity, located 23 miles away in Dallas, offers free HIV, hepatitis C, chlamydia, gonorrhea, and syphilis testing. It also supplies PrEP if you’re uninsured. The center manages numerous programs, including condom education, individual and couples counseling, and PrEP awareness and education. Abounding Prosperity focuses on African American community members aged 17 and older. Clinic hours are Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. HIV/STD testing may also be available on evenings and weekends through its mobile testing unit.
1705 Martin Luther King Jr Boulevard
Dallas, TX 75215