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Tyler Health Center
Tyler Care Clinic
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.
Tyler is the largest city and seat of Smith County in eastern Texas. In 2018, Tyler ranked 20th out of the top 50 cities statewide with the highest combined STD case numbers, which included chlamydia, gonorrhea, and primary and secondary syphilis.
Tyler accounted for 84% of Smith County’s chlamydia infections in 2018. Smith County’s chlamydia cases dropped two years in a row, including about a 1% dip in 2017 and a more pronounced decrease of over 2% in 2018. Despite these recent declines, Smith County still ranked 25th out of Texas’ 254 counties for the highest number of cases in 2018. While the rate of STDs has been increasing among Texas youth statewide, Smith County has had no notable change in its infection rate among those aged 15 to 24 between 2009 and 2018. However, the rate was still 6% higher than the state rate in 2018.
Smith County documented almost a 10% decrease in gonorrhea diagnoses in 2017, but case numbers increased by nearly 3% in 2018. Gonorrhea trends in the county have recorded several ups and downs since 2011, so its case numbers for 2019 could go either way. In 2018, Smith County ranked 18th among counties for its number of gonorrhea cases. Diagnoses in Tyler represented more than 89% of this number. Youth aged 15 to 24 have historically had the highest incidence of gonorrhea in Smith County. Despite a drop in diagnoses of 23% between 2009 and 2018, the rate for this age group was still 25% higher than the state’s 2018 rate.
Total syphilis infections in Smith County have increased every year since 2015, but primary and secondary syphilis diagnoses had mixed results. P&S syphilis infections remained the same for three consecutive years, between 2011 and 2013, then dropped 75% in 2014. Unfortunately, diagnoses jumped by 500% in 2015 and by another 50% in 2016. Although P&S syphilis infections dropped again by over 55% in 2017, diagnoses rebounded in 2018 and spiked 175%. Smith County ranked 23rd among counties statewide for its number of P&S syphilis cases in 2018 and Tyler accounted for nearly 64% of these cases.
Ignoring an STD may lead to serious health problems later, such as infertility, cancer, damage to your heart or brain, and even death. Many STDs can be cured entirely with prescribed antibiotics. If you’re sexually active and have a new partner or more than one partner, it’s important to get tested regularly. Visit one of the free or low-cost STD testing sites available in Tyler and 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 Tyler 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:
Texas DSHS’ Public Health Region 4/5N HIV/STD program serves 35 counties in northeast Texas and is available to the general public. You have access to a variety of services, including anonymous and confidential HIV testing, STD testing, HIV/STD/Hepatitis prevention education and counseling, medication assistance program, referrals to medical providers, and partner notification services. The clinic assures you receive proper treatments should you test positive and has Spanish-speaking staff available if needed.
2521 West Front Street
Tyler, Texas 75702
Special Health Resources’ Tyler Care Clinic Midtown provides infectious disease management, testing, and treatment. You can get free HIV, hepatitis C, and syphilis testing; low-cost chlamydia, gonorrhea, and herpes testing; PrEP services; and HPV and hepatitis A/B vaccinations. The clinic takes private insurance and Medicaid and offers a sliding fee scale if you qualify. You must schedule an appointment during clinic hours, which are Monday through Thursday from 8 a.m. to noon and 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. The clinic is open on Friday from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.
1300 Clinic Drive
Tyler, Texas 75701
Planned Parenthood’s Tyler Health Center offers STD services by appointment or on a walk-in basis on Mondays from noon to 7 p.m., Tuesdays and Fridays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Wednesdays and Thursdays from 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. You can request HIV and syphilis testing as well as herpes, gonorrhea, and syphilis testing and treatment. You can also get male/female condoms and PrEP/PEP services. STD services may be covered by your insurance, or you may qualify for a sliding fee scale if you’re uninsured.
601 Turtle Creek Drive
Tyler, TX 75701
Wellness Pointe’s Kilgore Clinic, about 25 miles from Tyler, offers chlamydia, gonorrhea, hepatitis B, and syphilis testing, and hepatitis A and B vaccinations. There’s a fee for service, but you can use insurance, Medicare, or Medicaid, and the clinic offers a sliding fee scale if you’re uninsured. You must schedule an appointment to be seen, Monday through Friday, from 8 a.m. to noon and 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.
1711 South Henderson Boulevard, Suite 400
Kilgore, Texas 75662
Crossroads Family Care’s Palestine Clinic, about 46 miles from Tyler, requires you to make an appointment to receive STD services. It charges a fee for services but accepts private insurance, Medicare, and Medicaid for payment. You may also qualify for a sliding fee scale if you don’t have insurance. STD services include HPV vaccines and chlamydia, hepatitis B and C, gonorrhea, herpes, and syphilis testing. You can visit the Palestine clinic on Mondays through Thursdays from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Fridays from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
4002 TX-256 Loop
Palestine, TX 75801