The Lincoln-Lancaster County Health Department (LLCHD) reminds residents that screening for sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) is offered at its main offices at 3140 "N" Street. LLCHD provides several STD services, all confidential, as well as anonymous HIV testing.
"With April being national STD Awareness Month, we want to remind the public that STDs are among the most commonly reported communicable diseases in Lancaster County," said Judy Halstead, LLCHD Health Director. "The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that half of all sexually active young people will get an STD before the age of 25, and most of them will not know it. The good news is that most STDs can be successfully detected and treated."
Halstead said 50 to 75 percent of women with Chlamydia will not have symptoms. Left untreated, Chlamydia can lead to infertility and chronic pain. Because Chlamydia and Gonorrhea are the most commonly diagnosed STDs in Lancaster County, a new $20 express testing option for these particular infections is offered at LLCHD. The hours for the express testing are 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays and 8 a.m. to noon Tuesdays and Thursdays.
In addition to comprehensive STD testing, the LLCHD's STD Clinic offers treatment and prevention education. Nurses are available to answer questions or make appointments for HIV testing from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. weekdays. They can be reached at 402-441-8065.
More information is available at health.lincoln.ne.gov. Click on "Community Health Services."