Talbot County Department of Health
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Sexually Transmitted Infections

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Our Family Planning and Reproductive Health provides a wide variety of services to people of all genders, including how to engage in safe sexual practices, examination and screening for sexually transmitted diseases and follow up and counseling. 

Our dedicated staff provide a safe, judgment free space to receive quality care for people of all backgrounds. 

The most common sexually transmitted infections (STIs) are:

  • Syphilis
  • Gonorrhea
  • Chlamydia
  • Trichomoniasis
  • Hepatitis B
  • Herpes simplex virus (HSV or herpes)
  • HIV
  • Human papillomavirus (HPV)

STIs are spread predominantly by sexual contact, including vaginal, anal and oral sex. Some STIs can also be transmitted from mother-to-child during pregnancy, childbirth and breastfeeding.

A person can have an STI without showing symptoms of disease. Common symptoms of STIs include vaginal discharge, urethral discharge or burning in men, genital ulcers and abdominal pain.

Anyone requesting screening for an STD is eligible.

Our Services

COMING SOON IN AUGUST 2024! Testing and screening will be available Mondays from 8:00 a.m. to noon and on Thursdays from 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. Walk-ins are welcome. For appointments, call (410) 819-5600. 

Talbot County Health Department

510 Cadmus Lane
Easton, MD 21601

Testing and counseling services are offered on a sliding fee scale based on income and insurance is accepted. Teens may access confidential services without parental consent, but we encourage all those under age 18 to involve their parents and guardians in their important health care decisions and services. 

HIV & AIDS

Our HIV case management program offers prevention, education, and testing.  

Case management helps individuals get timely access to health care, encourages medication compliance, and connects clients to other services.

Testing

Free, confidential rapid HIV testing using lab draws and/or rapid testing (results in 1 minute).                

Each client gets pre-test counseling that encourages behavior modification to help reduce the risk of HIV. Persons testing positive are linked to medical care and other services as needed.                 

Walk-ins are welcome Monday-Friday or for appointments, call (410) 819-5600.

Prevention            

Today, more tools than ever are available to prevent HIV. You can use strategies such as abstinence (not having sex), never sharing needles, and using condoms the right way every time you have sex. 

You may also be able to take advantage of HIV prevention medicines such as (PrEP) and post-exposure prophylaxis (PEP).

If you have HIV, there are many actions you can take to prevent transmitting HIV to others.

Pre-exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP)         

PrEP is a daily pill that provides pre-exposure prophylaxis for high-risk individuals to help prevent getting HIV.  

Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis, or PrEP, is an HIV prevention strategy. HIV-negative people take medicine usually used to treat HIV infection to reduce their risk of becoming infected with HIV. Studies show that properly taking PrEP reduces the risk of getting HIV through sex by 90 percent or more.               

People who use PrEP must be able to take the drug every day and return to their health care provider every 3 months for a repeat HIV test, prescription refills, and follow-up.               

Why Take PrEP        

PrEP may help you stay negative if:           

  • you’re not using condoms consistently,             
  • you’ve had a sexually transmitted infections in the past 12 months,             
  • you have an HIV+ partner,             
  • you’re a transgender woman who has sex with men, or             
  • you use injection drugs.               

Even if you are using condoms every time, and you just want to reduce the anxiety of getting HIV, then PrEP can help.              

Cost               

Most insurance covers PrEP. If not, there are several programs to help pay for the medication.

Outreach

The health department offers HIV/AIDS education and outreach in a variety of ways:                              

  • Public presentations are given upon request to community agencies, including churches, social organizations, and places of business.               
  • Participation in community gatherings such as health fairs and other events as a means to provide outreach.               
  • HIV/AIDS information is offered through many other health department programs.               

For more information, call (410) 819-5600.

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