HIV/STD Services protects the health and well-being of the community by educating the public, investigating sexually transmitted diseases and assisting individuals in obtaining diagnostic and treatment services. Galveston County's program also provides outreach services to residents of Brazoria County and Chambers County.
Services offered through the program include:
- Community education and presentations about the prevention and treatment of sexually transmitted diseases, including HIV/AIDS
- Education at health fairs, community events. Please use this form to request these services.
- Contacting sex partners of people who have tested positive for HIV/STD for examination and treatment.
- Assisting individuals in obtaining examinations, diagnosis and treatment (if necessary).
- HIV outreach house parties.
Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP)
Pre-exposure prophylaxis (or PrEP) is when people at very high risk for HIV take HIV medicines daily to lower their chances of getting infected. PrEP can stop HIV from taking hold and spreading throughout your body. It is highly effective for preventing HIV if used as prescribed, but it is much less effective when not taken consistently.
Daily PrEP reduces the risk of getting HIV from sex by more than 90%. Among people who inject drugs, it reduces the risk by more than 70%. Your risk of getting HIV from sex can be even lower if you combine PrEP with condoms and other prevention methods.
Community partners include: Coastal Health & Wellness, University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston, St. Vincent’s House, Gulf Coast Center, Brazoria County Health Department, Chambers County Health Department, Access Care of Coastal Texas, Teen Health Center, Galveston County Jail, Brazoria County Jail, Texas Department of State Health Services, Private Providers and Texas Department of Criminal Justice.