The Linn County Health Department participates in the Missouri STD testing program in an effort to reduce illness, healthcare costs and possible complications associated with Sexually Transmitted Diseases.
Chlamydia and gonorrhea are urine tests permitted for both male and female patients who are symptomatic, or have known contact to a positive case. Antibiotic treatment for positive testing is currently being provided.
Syphilis and HIV testing requires a blood sample, and is permitted for all individuals. Testing is completed at the State Public Health Laboratory. Follow-up services for syphilis/HIV are provided through the Department of Health and Senior Services. Education and counseling for decreasing risk factors and referral services are offered at the time of testing. STD services are provided according to the 2013 STD Testing Program Procedural Guidelines.
Hepatitis C antibody testing is provided free through the Missouri Hepatitis C Alliance. Hepatitis C viral load and
genotyping are available at a reduced cost. A blood sample is required for testing.
All services are provided with confidentiality and respect.
For more information on sexually transmitted infections refer to: http://www.cdc.gov/std/default.htm and http://health.mo.gov/data/stdsurveillance/index.php