Free STD and HIV Testing
SAN ANGELO, TX – Monday, Oct. 30, The Tom Green County Health Department will conduct free STD and HIV testing. Located at 2030 Pulliam St. STE 8, they will be open from 8 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. Appointments are not necessary and walk-ins are welcome.
These tests are conducted regularly and assist the county, state and nation in understanding current trends of infection between age groups, race and other factors. In 2013 San Angelo Live! reported on the drastic increase in STD infections. You can read more about that here. The article cites that in response to the quickly growing infection rate the Tom Green County Health Department Health Services Director Sandra Villareal stated that STD Testing clinics and medical workers were made aware of the growing problem and instructed to increase testing and treatment of high-risk individuals.
A 2014 San Angelo Live! article featured an interview with a person addicted to the drug referred to as meth. While little of it touches on sexual transmitted diseases it does give an insight to one of the exponentially growing factors to the increased infection rate of STD's in the Tom Green County. You can read that interview here.
One of the most endangered demographic of the rise in infections were teens and that relationship continued to grow in 2016 with more reports of Syphilis and HIV/AIDS. To learn more about the current statics of infection in the Tom Green County read here. Remember the statistical reports run one year behind, which is the nature of gathering and analyzing real time data.
It is important to get tested for sexually transmitted diseases regularly for the safety of yourself, partners and community to assist in the rise of infection and protection of your health.