Ada Co: 208-327-7400 | Elmore Co: 208-587-4407 | Valley Co: 208-630-8002
During the month of December 2017, CDHD is encouraging people to know their sexual health status by getting tested for Sexually Transmitted Infections (STIs). December 1st through the 29th, CDHD will offer free STI testing by appointment at its clinics in Boise, Mountain Home and McCall.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends that everyone between the ages of 13 and 64 get tested for HIV at least once in their life. Additional, and potentially regular testing, is recommended for anyone whose behavior puts them at risk. In Idaho, STI rates are increasing. In 2016, 6,706 reports of STI infections were reported—nearly four infections for every 1,000 Idahoans. While chlamydia and gonorrhea infections are seen most often in 15-29 year olds, early syphilis and HIV infections affect a wider age range in Idaho.
Some sexually transmitted infections like chlamydia and gonorrhea often do not have obvious symptoms and someone can easily spread the infection, and potentially experience lasting effects, like infertility, from an untreated infection. CDHD encourages people who are having sex or considering it to take charge and ‘know now’ by getting tested. Most STIs are treatable, or effective infection management exists.
Read more on the CDC's recommendations for STI and HIV screening, HERE.
Free STI testing appointments will include a visit with a CDHD clinician, testing for STIs, which may include HIV, Hepatitis C (screening), gonorrhea and syphilis. Treatment as appropriate will be provided free of charge and referrals made for any necessary longer-term treatment.
Visits outside of STI testing will be billed on a sliding fee scale according to ability to pay. All visits are confidential.
Appointments are required. In Ada County, call 208-327-7400, in Valley County, call 208-630-8002, and in Elmore County, call 208-587-4407.