Willis Family Health Center
Conroe Family Health Center
Spring Health Center
Conroe Community Health Center
The three most common STDs in The Woodlands are chlamydia, gonorrhea, and syphilis. According to data published in the CDC’s Sexually Transmitted Disease Surveillance Report 2018, between 2014 and 2018, all three STDs increased in prevalence.
In 2018, there were 35,960 disclosed cases of chlamydia in the Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land area. This is an 18% increase over the number of infections reported in 2014. The rate of chlamydia, or the number of cases per 100,000 people, is lower in this region than in the nation as a whole. However, the rate increased by 11% since 2014. While the vast majority of these cases were diagnosed in females, among males, the number of infections increased by 44% between 2014 and 2018. In comparison, the increase in infections among men nationwide was 40% during this time frame.
In The Woodlands area, gonorrhea was reported at a frequency of 157 in 2018, compared to the state rate of 167 and the national rate of 179. While residents are infected at a slightly lower frequency compared to the state and nation as a whole, this disease has become increasingly common in recent years. In 2011, there were 8,299 documented cases in the region. By 2018, the number of infections increased by 31% to 10,831. Males are disproportionately affected by this disease, accounting for about 77% of cases in the region. Statewide, those aged 20-24 were affected at a high frequency of 711 occurrences per 100,000 people.
In 2018, there were 3,644 total cases of syphilis in The Woodlands region, a 12% increase over the number of infections in 2017, and 57% over the number documented in 2014. Of these cases, 647 were primary and secondary syphilis. This corresponds to a frequency of 9 infections per 100,000 people, which is lower than the national rate of 11 but on par with the statewide average. While only 97 of the region’s P&S syphilis cases were diagnosed in females, this is an increase of 54% over the number of cases disclosed the year prior. Among males in The Woodlands region, there were 550 reported infections in 2018, which is an increase of 70% over the number of cases in 2017.
Regular STD testing is an important part of routine health care. The CDC recommends that those who are sexually active be tested for STDs on an annual basis or every three to six months if they have multiple or anonymous partners. Many who are infected don’t experience symptoms, and routine testing is the best way to avoid long-term STD complications, such as infertility, cancer, and HIV. For those who don’t have health insurance or a primary care doctor, The Woodlands area has several free and low-cost clinics that provide affordable, confidential STD testing.
Residents of The Woodlands can receive testing for STDs, including chlamydia, gonorrhea, syphilis, and HIV at the Montgomery County Public Health Clinic, which is located about 10 miles north in Conroe. The clinic provides treatment for clients who test positive for chlamydia, gonorrhea, and syphilis, and those who test positive for syphilis and HIV are referred to the Department of State Health Services for a contact investigation. Services are provided by appointment, and small fees are charged for the initial visit and each follow-up visit.
1300 South Loop 336 West
Conroe, TX 77304
The Conroe Community Health Center provides a full array of healthcare services for area residents, including radiology, hepatitis treatment, vision care, pediatrics, HIV specialty care, and primary medical care. It provides testing for STDs, such as syphilis, herpes, hepatitis, gonorrhea, and chlamydia, as well as vaccines for hepatitis A and B and HPV. The clinic accepts all public and private insurance plans, and fees for self-pay clients are based on a sliding scale. It takes same-day appointments and accepts patients on a walk-in basis.
1414 South Frazier Street, Suite 105/106
Conroe, TX 77301
The Willis Family Health Center is located about 20 miles north of The Woodlands. This nonprofit, publicly funded clinic is open on weekdays and offers STD testing for chlamydia, gonorrhea, hepatitis B and C, herpes, and syphilis. It accepts most public and private health insurance plans, and it offers a sliding fee schedule for uninsured patients. In addition to STD testing, the clinic also provides family services, geriatric care, pediatrics, women’s health care, lab and X-ray services, and mental health. Appointments are required for service and can be made over the phone.
9516 West FM 1097, Suite 140
Willis, TX 77318
Spring Health Center, located about 9 miles south of The Woodlands in Spring, is operated by Planned Parenthood and offers a full array of health services for males and females, including primary care, birth control, HIV services, pregnancy testing and services, and STD testing and treatment. Clients can be tested for common STDs, such as chlamydia, herpes, gonorrhea, syphilis, and hepatitis, and results are typically available within a few days to a few weeks, depending on the test. The clinic accepts most major health insurance plans and has a sliding fee schedule for self-pay clients, and appointments are required. Some services, including STD diagnosing and treatment, are conducted in person or via telehealth.
4747 Louetta Road
Spring, TX 77388
PACN provides a variety of reproductive health services for females, including pregnancy testing and verification, ultrasounds, support groups, referrals for community support, and STD testing and treatment. STD testing is provided on Mondays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., and appointments are required for service. To make an appointment, clients can call the clinic or submit an online request form. All services are provided free of charge, regardless of health insurance status.
26464 I-45 North
Spring, TX 77386