As part of National Sexually Transmitted Disease Awareness Month, the Lincoln-Lancaster County Health Department (LLCHD) encourages the public to know the facts about sexually transmitted infections (STIs). All STI services provided by LLCHD, including HIV testing, are confidential. Appointments are not required, and reduced-cost services are available based on need. For more information, visit lincoln.ne.gov (keyword: std) or call 402-441-8065.
Because chlamydia and gonorrhea are the most commonly diagnosed STIs in Lancaster County, expedited testing for these particular infections is available from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.Monday through Friday at LLCHD, 3140 “N” Street. No swabs or needles are used to obtain samples, and testing is painless. More comprehensive testing, treatment and prevention education is available through the STI Clinic from 1 to 3 p.m. Tuesdays and from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursdays. HIV testing and counseling is offered from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. Thursdays..
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (cdc.gov) provides the following facts:
- Half of all STIs are in people under 25 years old. Half of all sexually active young people will get an STI before the age of 25. Birth control methods such as the pill, patch, ring and intrauterine device are effective at preventing pregnancy, but do not protect against STIs, including HIV.
- The only sure way to avoid STIs is to not have vaginal, anal, or oral sex. Those who are sexually active can reduce their risk of getting an STI by using condoms correctly and consistently.
- You can’t tell if someone has an STI just by looking at them. Many STIs don’t cause any symptoms, so the only way to know for sure is to get tested.
- STI tests are not always part of a regular doctor visit. Many doctors may not give you an HIV or STI test unless you ask for one.
For more information about the LLCHD, visit lincoln.ne.gov (keyword: health).