HIV/STD Prevention

can I get tested?

Testing for STD, HIV
and Hepatitis is available Monday through Friday by
appointment at the STD Clinic on the fifth floor of the
City County Building, 1 E. Main St.

Testing for HIV and Hepatitis is are also available at
various public locations and can be found by
clicking here.

For an appointment at the clinic or help locating a
testing site please call (260) 449-7504.

much does it cost?

Our services are free but donations are appreciated.

the test kept confidential?

Yes, your information is kept confidential. We will not
release your information to any agency or individual
without your consent.

I still have an STD if I don’t have any symptoms?

Yes, often times there are no symptoms of an STD.

do I do if my partner has a positive test?

You need to schedule an appointment for testing and
treatment as soon as possible. It is very important that
you mention to your medical provider that you have been
in contact with an STD.  Do not have sex until both you
and your partner have completed your treatment.

I have to bring my parents?

parental permission is not required for our services.

I get an HIV test in the evening?

Yes, please refer to the HIV testing sites link above
for details about evening testing sites.

can I go if I don’t have insurance?

All services at our clinic and testing sites are free.

you have condoms?

free condoms are available any time during clinic hours.

I get a pregnancy test there?

Pregnancy screening is not a service we offer.

I was exposed to HIV a month ago, how long until it
shows up on a test?

It could take up to three months from the time you are
exposed to show on a test.

it against the law to have sex if you have HIV?

however it is against the law to have sex or share
needles without telling your partner that you are HIV
positive. If you tell the person you are about to have
sex or share needles with that you have HIV and they
agree to continue with the activity, you are not
breaking any laws.

should I do if I have symptoms?

You should call for an appointment as soon as possible.
Be sure to mention that you are having symptoms when you
schedule the appointment.

I have HIV for years and not know it?

Yes, symptoms often take 7 to 10 years to show up. HIV
is detectable on a test three months after exposure.

long can I have an STD without knowing?

There are often no symptoms of an STD which means you
can have one for long period of time without knowing it.
If symptoms are present they usually show shortly
(typically from a few days to a month) after exposure.

do I do if I test positive?

Follow through with your medical providers instructions
including taking all medicine and abstaining from sex
for the specified amount of time. It is also very
important that your sex and/or needle sharing partners
are informed of the contact and receive testing and any
treatment that are needed.

I still be treated for STDs if I am pregnant?

Yes, there are treatments available that are safe during
pregnancy for most STDs. It is important to let your
provider know if you are or may be pregnant so that a
safe treatment is provided.

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