HIV/Sexually Transmitted Diseases

Minors age 13 or older can be seen in our clinic without parental consent as provided for in Indiana law.

Doctor ExamThe Department of Health offers confidential testing and treatment services for HIV and other sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) such as chlamydia, gonorrhea and syphilis. These services are offered primarily by appointment, but some walk-in times are available. There is a minimal fee for most services.

As part of these services, the clinic offers on-site medication dispensing, vaccinations, STD patient education and partner notification and treatment services. Follow-up appointment may be necessary to inform clients of results or administer treatments. All services are performed in a respectful and confidential manner.

Positive test results for HIV and other STDs are also reported to the local health department by physicians, hospitals, clinics and other testing sites. The Department of Health follows-up on these reports with partner counseling, testing, and referral as needed to break the chain of infection.

STD Testing & Treatment

STDs affect individuals of all ages, but some of the highest rates are among young people.  Many STDs have no signs or symptoms. If left untreated, STDs can cause serious complications. If you have been exposed it is important to get tested and treated right away.

The Department of Health provides low-cost, confidential testing for the following infections (click on the tab to learn more):

Chlamydia

What is it?  A bacterial infection of the genital area.

Symptoms? Often there are no symptoms. For people who do have symptoms, there may be abnormal discharge from the penis or vagina and/or burning sensation when urinating. For women, abdominal pain or bleeding between periods.

How is it spread? Through vaginal, oral, or anal sex. It can also be passed from mother to child during childbirth.

Treatment? Oral antibiotics cure the infection. Both partners must be treated at the same time to keep from passing the infection back and forth. Both partners should abstain from sex until the infection is gone.

Consequences? If left untreated, chlamydia can cause sterility (inability to have children) in both men and women.

Find out more about Chlamydia.

Gonorrhea

What is it?  A bacterial infection of the genital area.

Symptoms? Most infected people have no symptoms. For those who do, it can cause a burning sensation while urinating, abnormal white, green and/or yelllowish vaginal or penile discharge.

How is it spread? Through vaginal, oral, or anal sex. It can also be
passed from mother to child during childbirth.

Treatment? Oral antibiotics can cure the infection. Both partners must be treated at the same time to prevent passing the infection back and forth. Both partners
should abstain from sex until the infection is gone.

Consequences? Gonorrhea can cause damage to the fallopian tubes in women and to the sperm passageway in men.

Find out more about Gonorrhea.

Herpes

What is it?  A viral infection of the genital area.

Symptoms? Most people have no symptoms. Herpes 1 can cause
painful blisters or cold sores around the mouth. Herpes 2 can cause genital
sores or blisters. Symptoms usually occur within the first month after exposure.

How is it spread? Through vaginal, oral, or anal sex. It can also be
passed from mother to child during childbirth.

Treatment? There is no cure for herpes.The virus stays in the body and may cause repeated outbreaks. Medications can help treat symptoms, reduce the frequency of
outbreaks, and reduce the likelihood of spreading it to sexual partners.

Consequences? Increased risk of infection for other STDs, including HIV.

Find out more about Herpes.

Hepatitis

What is it?  A viral infection affecting the liver.

Symptoms? Many people don’t have any symptoms. People may experience
tiredness, aches, nausea and vomiting, loss of appetite, yellowing of the skin and eyes (called jaundice).

How is it spread? Through vaginal, oral, or anal sex. Also through childbirth if the baby does not get vaccinated against Hep B; through sharing contaminated needles or razors; or exposure to the blood, bodily fluids or saliva of an infected person.

Treatment? Most often, acute Hep B is treated with rest, eating well and lots of fluids. Chronic Hep B is treated through close monitoring by a doctor
and anti-retroviral medications. There is a vaccine available to prevent Hep B.

Consequences? Increased risk of infection of other STDs, including HIV. Can also
lead to chronic liver problems and cirrhosis or cancer of the liver.

Find out more about Hepatitis.

HIV

What is it?  The virus that causes AIDS.

Symptoms? Many people who are infected with HIV do not have any symptoms and feel healthy. Symptoms people get are usually related to infections and
cancers due to a weakened immune system.

How is it spread? Through vaginal, oral, or anal sex. Also by sharing contaminated needles; from direct contact with infected blood; and from mother to child during pregnancy, child birth or breast feeding.

Treatment? There is no cure for HIV or AIDS. Anti-retroviral treatment can slow
the progression of HIV disease and delay the onset of AIDS. Early diagnosis and treatment can improve a person’s chances of living a longer, healthier life.

Consequences? Left untreated, AIDS is fatal.

Find out more about HIV.

Syphilis

What is it? A bacterial infection that can spread in the body.

Symptoms? Symptoms can vary, beginning with a simple painful sore (called a chancre) on the mouth or sex organs. Other symptoms can appear up to six months after the first sore has disappeared.

How is it spread? Through vaginal, oral or anal sex. It can also be passed through kissing if a sore is present, and from mother to child during
childbirth.

Treatment? Antibiotics can cure syphilis if caught early, but medication cannot undo the damage already done. Both partners must be treated and avoid sexual contact until the sores are completely healed.

Consequences? Increased risk for infection of other STDs, including HIV. If untreated, can cause damage to brain, heart and nervous system.

Find out more about Syphilis.

Trichomoniasis (females only)

What is it? An infection of the genital area caused by a parasite called Trichomonas vaginalis.

Symptoms? Most infected people do not have symptoms. When symptoms do appear, they range from mild irritation to severe inflammation. Men may feel itching or irritation inside the penis, burning after urination or ejaculation, or some discharge from the penis. Women may notice itching, burning, redness or soreness of the genitals, discomfort with urination, or a thin discharge with an unusual smell that can be clear, white, yellowish, or greenish.

How is it spread?  During sex, the parasite is usually transmitted from a penis to a vagina, or from a vagina to a penis, but it can also be passed from a vagina to another vagina. It is not common for the parasite to infect other body parts, like the hands, mouth, or anus. It is unclear why some people with the infection get symptoms while others do not, but it probably depends on factors like the person’s age and overall health. Infected people without symptoms can still pass the infection on to others.

Treatment? Oral antibiotics can cure the infection. Both partners
should abstain from sex until the infection is gone and symptoms go away.

Consequences? Having trichomoniasis can make it feel unpleasant to have sex and increases the risk of getting or spreading other STDs. Without treatment, the infection can last for months or even years.

Find out more about Trichomoniasis.

Bacterial Vaginosis (females only)

What is it? A bacterial infection of the vaginal area.

Symptoms? Many women with Bacterial Vaginosis (BV) do not have symptoms. If you do have symptoms, you may notice a thin white or gray vaginal discharge, odor, pain, itching, or burning in the vagina. Some women have a strong fish-like odor, especially after sex. You may also have burning when urinating; itching around the outside of the vagina, or both.

How is it spread?  BV is linked to an imbalance of “good” and “harmful” bacteria that are normally found in a woman’s vagina. BV is not considered an STD, but having BV can increase your chances of getting an STD. BV may also affect women who have never had sex.

Treatment?  BV can be treated with antibiotics but will sometimes go away without treatment. Male sex partners of women diagnosed with BV generally do not need to be treated. However, BV may be transferred between female sex partners.

Consequences? BV can cause serious health risks, including increasing your chance of getting HIV or other STDs such as chlamydia and gonorrhea. The bacteria can sometimes cause pelvic inflammatory disease (PID), which can make it difficult or impossible for you to have children.

Find out more about Bacterial Vaginosis.

Some tests are done in the clinic, and you will receive your results during your visit. Other tests are sent out to an outside laboratory and may take up to 2 weeks before the results are available.

The Department of Health also provides pregnancy tests.

The following tests are not provided by the Department of Health. Contact your health care provider to see if they offer these tests:

  • Human papillomavirus (HPV) tests – we can provide genital warts (HPV) visual inspections only
  • PAP smears

Vaccinations

Vaccines are safe, effective, and recommended ways to prevent certain types of sexually transmitted diseases, including hepatitis A & B and HPV.

The Department of Health also provides the following vaccinations against sexually transmitted infections:

You should also get vaccinated for Hepatitis A & B if you were not vaccinated when you were younger. HPV vaccines are recommended for all teen girls and women through age 26 and all teen boys and men through age 21, who did not get all three doses of the vaccine when they were younger.

STD Counseling 

Our trained specialists can educate clients about each sexually transmitted disease and ways to control their spread.

STD Partner Notification

Partner notification is a process where sexual partners are contacted by the Department of Health and notified that they have been exposed to a sexually transmitted disease. Partners are encouraged to visit the clinic for screening services. This information is confidential and the person who gave their name will remain anonymous.

Clinic Location and Hours

The Sexually Transmitted Disease clinic is located in the Department of Health’s Medical Annex at 4813 New Haven Avenue. Parking is free and the clinic is located along a Citilink bus route, Bus #10. The clinic is open 8 a.m. to noon and 1 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday except on holidays observed by Allen County Government.

To schedule an appointment:

  • Call 449-7504 and press option #1. Calls are answered beginning at 8 a.m. each day, Monday-Friday.
  • Please notify the receptionist that you would like an HIV test done during your STD exam.

Walk-In Times

  • We accept walk-ins Tuesdays and Thursdays only, 8 a.m. – 11 a.m. & 1 p.m. – 3 p.m.; scheduled appointments Monday, Wednesday, and Friday (walk-ins will be seen as time allows).

For all scheduled or walk-in appointments, you are encouraged to print and complete the Clinic Intake Form found at the link below and bring to the clinic for your appointment.

STD Outreach Clinic

The Fort Wayne-Allen County Department of Health STD Outreach Clinic is now open at 519 Oxford Street in Fort Wayne on Wednesday afternoons from 2 p.m. -5 p.m.

This clinic is for express STD testing and treatment (no exams); it is a walk-in clinic only, which provides testing for gonorrhea, chlamydia, syphilis, HIV and hepatitis C . We do offer pregnancy testing.

Cost is $10.00 for middle school/high school students and $15.00 for adults. (Pregnancy tests are $1.00) Must have a picture ID; students need a current year school ID. Testing is confidential and available to adolescents age 13 years & older, as well as adults.

What Happens During an Appointment

Upon arriving  you will be asked to fill out forms telling us about your health history and reasons for coming to the clinic. This will help staff provide quality health care to you. Your medical records are confidential, which means that no one has access to them except authorized Department of Public Health staff.

After the paperwork is completed, you will be called and seen by one of our clinicians. So that we can provide you with the best medical treatment, it is very important that when discussing your medical history with the clinician, you give true and accurate information.

During the medical exam, the clinician will take specimens, some of which will be tested at our on-site lab. The lab technicians will perform the lab tests and share the results with only you and our medical staff physician. If your results come back positive for a certain disease, you will be given medication before you depart the clinic. Some specimens, though, may be sent to an outside lab for testing, and in those situations a member of our staff will call you and have you return to the clinic for treatment.

For HIV tests, you have the option to test confidentially or anonymously. The results of confidential testing are given to the patient in writing which would be necessary for follow-up medical care. Anonymous testing results are not linked to a person’s name, but a patient does have the option of converting his or her results to a confidential status if desired.

Fees

There is a minimal charge for STD services. A routine STD exam is $30. For middle school/high school students, the cost is $10. Treatment or a prescription is included for most infections. There is an additional charge for herpes testing and genital wart treatments.

Clinical Fee Schedule

Other Public Test Sites

The Department of Health also provides free confidential HIV testing every Wednesday from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the following location:

Walgreens
110 E. Creighton Avenue
Fort Wayne, IN  46803

Please contact Rochelle at (260) 449-4369 with any questions.

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