Fayette County Health Department offers free and
confidential STD testing to anyone age 14 and older. Our
Public Health Nurse is the ONLY one who handles this tests
so the client may be more assured that it is kept confidential.
Criteria for testing
There are certain criteria that have to be met to allow for the
testing. If the individual is between 14-25 years old then that
is the only criteria needed. If they are 26 or older then they
have to either be symptomatic, have a sex partner risk (new
partner in the past 3 months or more than 1 partner in the
past 3 months), have had sex with someone that is positive,
or as a re-screen for anyone that has tested positive in the
last 3-12 months.
What is tested?
We do a urine screening to test for Chlamydia and Gonorrhea. The test is then mailed in to the state lab. If the individual tests
positive then they have to come back to the clinic to be treated or see their doctor for treatment.
How are STDs spread?
STDs are spread by having vaginal, anal, or oral sex with an infected partner. A pregnant woman can also give the infection to her
baby during childbirth.
How can you reduce your risk?
The only way to avoid STDs is to not have vaginal, anal, or oral sex. If you are sexually active you can lower your risk by being in
long-term, mutually monogamous relationship with a partner who has tested negative and by using latex condoms the right way
every time you have sex. (https://www.cdc.gov/condomeffectiveness/)
For additional questions or to schedule an appointment, call us at (618)283-1044.