The Health Department provides testing and treatment for sexually transmitted infections by appointment at the county health centers. To schedule an appointment, call the health center that is most convenient for you. All services are confidential. Same-day appointments may be available.
Testing is available for common sexually transmitted infections, including:
- Hepatitis C
Note: Genital warts are diagnosed through physical examination.
When to be tested
Many sexually transmitted infections do not have symptoms. Screening and/or testing for sexually transmitted infections is recommended when:
- You know your partner tested positive for or has a sexually transmitted infection
- You are ending a sexual relationship
- You are beginning a new sexual relationship
- You have any signs or symptoms of infection such as sores, bumps or blisters near your genital area, rectum or mouth; pain or burning with urination or bowel movements; vaginal discharge or order, or flu-like symptoms
- Men: If you have a drip or discharge from the penis or burning with urination
What to expect at an appointment
- A nurse will take your medical history to determine your risk of infection.
- A nurse practitioner or doctor will do a physical exam and testing.
- Depending on your results, treatment may be needed. This can often be provided at the health center.
- If necessary, health center staff can help you notify your partners.
While many services provided by the Health Department are available at a low cost to clients, most services are not free. It can be hard to know ahead of time what health services an individual may need, and so predicting the cost in advance can be difficult.
The Health Department provides many programs on a sliding-fee scale, based on the patient’s income and household size. Kentucky Medicaid is accepted, as are credit/debit cards. Payment plans can be setup if needed.
No one is turned away for inability to pay.
How to prevent sexually transmitted infections
- Use a condom or be sure your partner uses a condom every time you have sex.
- Limit the number of your sexual partners over your lifetime
- Only have sex with your partner
- Don’t have sex if you are intoxicated on alcohol or drugs