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Family Health Center Bells Hill Community Clinic
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Bellmead Community Clinic
Meyer Center Community Clinic
Mary Ruth Duncan 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.
The three most prevalent STDs in the Waco region include chlamydia, gonorrhea, and syphilis. In recent years, all three of these infections have been reported at an increased frequency.
Chlamydia is the most common STD in McLennan County and was reported at a frequency of 744 infections per 100,000 people in 2018, considerably higher than the statewide rate of 508. That year, there were 1,895 reported cases of this infection, 1,459 of which were in Waco. While females are significantly more likely than males to be diagnosed with this STD, the frequency among males has increased substantially over the past several years. In 2011, the statewide rate of chlamydia among females was 725, and by 2018, it decreased to 693. Among males, on the other hand, the rate increased from 229 in 2011 to 317 in 2018.
In 2018, the Texas Department of State Health Services documented 642 gonorrhea infections in Waco. These cases made up over 80% of the total number in McLennan County. Statewide, the number of gonorrhea infections has been on the rise since 2011. That year, there were 30,645 disclosed infections, which corresponds with a frequency of about 120 infections per 100,000 people. In 2018, there were 46,958 infections for a rate of 164. The majority of cases were reported in those aged 15-34. Among females, the infection rate has remained fairly consistent, but among males, it has increased drastically in recent years.
There were 65 total cases of syphilis in McLennan County in 2018, 22 of which were in the primary and secondary stages. Of the county’s 22 P&S syphilis infections, 15 were reported in Waco. Countywide, there was a spike in the number of documented infections that year, with the health department reporting an 83% increase over the number disclosed in 2017 and a 96% increase over the number documented in 2011. Statewide, the males account for 144% of the total number of P&S syphilis, although the number of infections reported in females increased by 66% between 2011 and 2018.
Anyone who is sexually active can contract an STD. The CDC recommends that everyone be tested for HIV at least once during their lifetime. All sexually active males and females should be tested for STDs on an annual basis or more often, depending on their risk exposure. Chlamydia, gonorrhea, and syphilis are all treatable with antibiotics, but they don’t go away on their own. Many STDs don’t cause symptoms, so the only way to detect them and avoid long-term complications is through regular testing. Waco is home to several clinics that provide affordable, confidential STD testing and treatment.
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 Waco 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:
Family Health Center operates several community clinics in and around Waco. It provides a full spectrum of healthcare services, including prenatal care, well-woman and well-child exams, immunizations, and minor surgeries. Clients can also receive STD testing and treatment for chlamydia, gonorrhea, and syphilis. The clinic also provides vaccines for hepatitis A and B. To receive services, individuals must call the clinic to make an appointment.
1600 Providence Drive
Waco, TX 76707
Multiple Waco locations
The City of Waco Public Health District’s STD Clinic provides testing, treatment, and counseling for chlamydia and gonorrhea. Testing is painless and is conducted through a urine sample, and test results are typically available within three business days. Service fees vary depending on needed exams and tests and range between $45 and $120, and a sliding fee schedule is available for qualifying clients. Appointments are required for services and can be made over the phone.
225 West Waco Drive
Waco, TX 76707
The Mary Ruth Duncan Health Center is a Planned Parenthood clinic that provides testing, treatment, and counseling for several STDs, including gonorrhea, syphilis, chlamydia, and herpes. Tests are conducted through urine samples, blood samples, or throat swabs, and results are available within a few days to a few weeks, depending on the type of test. The clinic accepts Texas Medicaid and most major health insurance plans. Clients who don’t have insurance may qualify for a state-funded program or a lower fee scale. To schedule an appointment, individuals can call the clinic or use the online booking tool.
700 West Highway 6, Suite B
Waco TX 76712
Quest Diagnostics provides clinical laboratory services throughout the nation and has a location in Waco. Clients can receive convenient, confidential, and low-cost STD testing services for infections such as chlamydia, gonorrhea, and syphilis. Tests can be ordered individually, or clients can order screening panels that test for several different infections. Results are typically available online within three to five business days. The organization accepts most major health insurance plans, and promotional codes may be available. No appointment is necessary for services.
7125 Sanger Avenue
Waco, TX 76712
Females who live north of Waco may want to visit Collins Family Planning Clinic, a female healthcare provider in Fort Worth. It provides screening and treatment for common STDs, such as gonorrhea and chlamydia. In addition to STD testing, the clinic offers annual exams, pregnancy tests, male exams, glucose and cholesterol screening, and referrals for diagnostic testing. Same-day appointments and walk-ins are welcome, and the clinic accepts most public and private health insurance plans. Services are charged on an income-based sliding fee schedule.
2900 S.E. Loop 820
Fort Worth, TX 76140
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