How Bad Is the STD Rate in San Angelo and Texas Overall?
Sexually transmitted diseases are a serious problem all across the country. San Angelo and Tom Green County are no exception.
The most common STDs in San Angelo include Chlamydia infections. Chlamydia can cause severe complications in men and women if not treated. It is easy to treat with a simple urine test or swab test. The infection can be treated with antibiotics.
Even though San Angelo is not a big city, Chlamydia infection rates here are high. Tom Green County's infection rate is 623.6 cases per 100,000 residents. This is higher than the state average of 508.2 cases and the national rate of 539.9
The rates of gonorrhea here in Tom Green County are also higher than the statewide average. In 2020, there were 138 reported cases in Tom Green County. That puts our rate at 212.0 cases per 100,000. That rate is higher than the statewide rate of 108.5 cases per 100,000
Syphilis rates in Tom Green County are slightly below the statewide average. According to the Tom Green County Health Department, in 2020, there were 15 reported cases of syphilis at all stages. This puts the rate at 13.1 cases per 100,000, and the statewide average is 15.5.
Herpes which cannot be cured is also rising in Tom Green County. According to the Texas Department of State Health Services, there were a total of 63 reported cases of genital herpes and herpes simplex" in Tom Green County in 2020.
Fortunately, HIV infection rates are below national averages in Tom Green County.
According to the latest statistics, Texas is #11 in per capita STD rates. Mississippi, Louisiana, and Georgia round out the Top 3. The Bottom 3 include Maine, New Hampshire, and Vermont.
It is essential if you are sexually active to use protection and get tested regularly. The CDC recommends several preventative actions.
There are eight public clinics and six private STD clinics in the San Angelo area. You can find out more about safe and discrete testing here.
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