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Sexually Transmitted Infections

Youth bear disproportionate share of STIs. Americans ages 15 to 24 make up just 27% of the sexually active population, but account for 50% of the 20 million new STIs in the U.S. each year.

Health Departments offer testing and treatment for sexually transmitted infections (often referred to as STD’s or STI’s).

There is a charge for testing and treatment.

Standard STD/STI testing includes testing for:

  • Chlamydia
  • Gonorrhea
  • Syphilis
  • HIV
  • Herpes (visual exam – a culture will be ordered, if indicated. This test will be an additional fee)
  • Genital Warts (visual exam)
  • Trichomoniasis – (swab + microscopic exam)

To get more information regarding a specific STI click here.

Treatment for Chlamydia, Gonorrhea, Syphilis and Trichomoniasis (antibiotics) is included in the standard STD fee. If needed, treatment for herpes (antivirals) will be called into a local pharmacy, and the patient will need to pay the pharmacy directly for those medications.

Young people account for a substantial proportion of new STIs. Americans ages 15 to 24 account for 70% of the 820,000 gonorrhea infections among all ages; 63% of the 2.9 million chlamydia infections among all ages; 49% of the 14.1 million HPV infections among all ages; 45% of the 776,000 genital herpes infections among all ages; and 20% of the 55,400 syphilis infections among all ages. Finally, Americans ages 13 to 24 account for 26% of the 47,500 HIV infections among all ages.

For more information on Sexually Transmitted Diseases/Infections, please visit the CDC Website.