If you think that you have been exposed to a sexually transmitted disease in Austin, you should take precautions and be tested. The Texas Department of Human Services provides the STD testing facility at 15 Waller Street, which is the RBJ Health Center.
All of the testing is totally confidential and no information will be shared with anyone unless you give your permission. The fee is $20 which includes all testing, examination and treatment if necessary.
Free anonymous counseling and Austin STD testing is available for HIV, syphilis, Hepatitis C, gonorrhea, and Chlamydia. There are other testing locations in t he Austin area for your convenience, and you can call 512-972-5580 to set an appointment.
There is ongoing counseling and educational services available for those who are at risk of contracting HIV or other STDs. Studies have shown that one of the major hindrances that people have in the prevention of these diseases is lack of knowledge. Many people are not aware, for example, that syphilis, if left untreated, can cause blindness, heart problems, sterility, brain damage, and even death.
Each year in the United States, there are over 20 million cases of reported STD and over half of these situations are with the youth. The ability to reach people is of prime importance with many government agencies and healthcare facilities.
There are also case management services available for people who are infected with HIV and are homeless, pregnant, or under the age of 13 years.
We live in a society where little significance is given to the consequences of our actions. This has a tendency to make people pass off as insignificant the consequences that they disagree with or know little about. So the effort to convey the consequences in a real sense to people who are more likely to contract STDs is a worthwhile effort.
It is not required for clients to reveal their partners, but they are encouraged to contact them on their own, to have them come in and get tested as well. There are many cases of multiple partners and some clients also have multiple STDs as well. The more traction that can be taken with informing partners about testing, there is just that much more information and prevention getting into the public eye.
Right now STDs are occurring at an epidemic pace and anything that can be done to slow the pace is welcome in the medical community.