Austin Public Health's sexual health clinic saw an uptick in sexually transmitted infections in 2022 with nearly 10,000 patient visits—up 38% from the 2021 numbers.

As a result of the increased number of STI cases, public health officials are urging residents to utilize the sexual health clinic services available to them for free or low-cost testing, treatment and education.

“Our sexual health programs are critical to the health and well-being of our community, and we are committed to providing equitable access to resources that promote sexual health and wellness for all residents of Travis County,” APH Director Adrienne Sturrup said.

In 2022, the sexual health clinic screened 7,000 patients for HIV and syphilis. The clinic also started 345 patients on HIV pre-exposure prophylaxis and evaluated 48 patients for monkeypox—which included 31 positive results, the department reported.

APH's sexual health programs offer a range of services, including testing and treatment for STIs, HIV testing and counseling, and education on safe sexual practices. The programs also provide free condoms as well as distributing them to various community locations.

Travis County residents are encouraged to take advantage of the resources provided by the sexual health clinic to protect their sexual health and prevent the spread of HIV and other STIs.

“Everyone should know their sexual health status,” said Cassandra DeLeon, assistant director of the APH Disease Prevention Health Promotion Division. “The sexual health team provides patients with information and clinical support to meet their needs.”

The clinic is open Mondays through Fridays from 8 a.m.-noon and 1-5 p.m. The clinic is on the first floor of the RBJ Health Center at 15 Waller St., Austin. Call 512-972-5430 to schedule an appointment.