Chlamydia, gonorrhea, and syphilis are the most prevalent STDs in Tom Green County and its seat, San Angelo. In fact, the county’s rates per 100,000 persons for chlamydia and gonorrhea surpass those of Texas.
Tom Green County accounted for 737 of Texas’ total 145,874 cases; however, when comparing rates, Tom Green’s 623.6 per 100,000 residents outranked the state’s 508.2 and the United State’s 539.9.
The majority of reported chlamydia infections in Texas occurred in the 15-24 age group, which accounted for 64% of all cases. The 25-34-year-old category followed with 27% of the total.
Females composed 68.6% of Texas’ cases, reaching 100,050. Males at 31% represented 45,209 incidents. Of the reported cases, Hispanics had the highest numbers with 42,748, followed by African Americans with 30,817. However, there was a delay in reporting, subsequently leading to 47,426 cases of unspecified race.
All rates are per 100,000
A delay in updating the race/ethnicity field in the surveillance data resulted in a large number of cases with race/ethnicity unknown.
Transgender persons may be included in male, female, or unknown sex categories.
*NHPI: Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander
^AIAN: American Indian/Alaska Native
Of the 46,958 gonorrhea cases in Texas, Tom Green County accounted for 273. The county’s rate of 231 per 100,000 persons exceeded both the state’s 163.6 and the country’s 179.1.
Texas attributed the highest number of 23,403 to the 15-24 age group, followed by 25-34 year-olds with 15,698. Males accounted for 57.4% of the cases, or 26,961. Females’ 19,869 incidents comprised 42.3%.
A delay in updating the race/ethnicity field created an unusually high number of unspecified cases totaling 11,984. However, of the incidents that recorded a race, African Americans held the majority at 15,038, followed by Hispanics’ count of 10,789.
Tom Green County’s 39 total syphilis cases represented a rate of 33 per 100,000 persons. Texas’ 12,900 total equaled a rate of 44.9, which was higher than the nation’s 35.3.
The state’s number of primary and secondary syphilis cases reached 2,528, a 15.8% increase from 2017 to 2018. Males accounted for 2,107 incidents, nearly five times that of females (421).
The 25-34 age group registered the highest number of infections at 1,005, followed by 15-24 year-olds with 712. The number of congenital syphilis cases reported in Texas was 367, or a rate of 91 per 100,000 births. That was a 123.5% increase between 2017 and 2018.
It’s not unusual for those infected with an STD to be asymptomatic or incorrectly associate the symptoms with other ailments. They may pass their disease on without realizing it, which is why it’s so important for sexually active adolescents and adults to receive regular testing. Without proper care, STDs can lead to infertility, cancer, organ damage, and death. There are a number of free and low-cost clinics available for the uninsured in San Angelo and the surrounding areas.
The County Health Department’s Nursing Division provides STD testing by appointment on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays. The fee for tests is $25, with an additional $10 charge for treatment. The clinic tests for chlamydia, gonorrhea, and syphilis, as well as HIV. Other services include routine childhood immunizations, TB testing, and flu shots.
2030 Pullman Street, Suite 8
San Angelo, TX 76905
For individuals living northeast of San Angelo, Mercy Health Care Center in Abilene offers STD testing options. Walk-in testing is available Monday through Thursday. Patients are encouraged to arrive at 8 a.m., as availability is limited. STD testing costs $20, and hepatitis C testing costs $15. The clinic’s other services include PrEP, early prenatal, family planning, and Healthy Texas Women services.
1902 Shelton Street
Abilene, TX 79601
The Midland Health Department is an option for residents living northwest of San Angelo. The clinic’s STD and HIV testing services are available by appointment on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Treatment and results are accessible Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Additionally, the health department offers immunizations, TB tests and resources, blood pressure screenings, and pregnancy tests.
3303 West Illinois, Space 22
Midland, TX 79704
The Life Center offers STD testing options at several clinics throughout Central Texas. Its nurses provide free and confidential consultations, testing, and treatment. The Life Center’s other services include pregnancy testing, limited obstetrical ultrasound, and prenatal and parenting classes, as well as adoption referrals. Clinic hours are Monday through Thursday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Friday from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.
2101 West Wall Street
Midland, TX 79701
Residents who reside east of San Angelo may want to visit the Ector County Health Department in Odessa. The Department’s clinic hours are Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., with closure for lunch from 12-1 p.m. Its medical team performs STD testing and consultations, as well as immunizations and TB testing. All services require an appointment.
221 North Texas
Odessa, TX 79761