MCHD emphasizes STI testing this week for World AIDS Day
Nov. 28, 2023
This Friday, Dec. 1, marks World AIDS Day, and Monongalia County Health Department is commemorating this global event by emphasizing the importance of STI testing for all sexually active individuals. We’ve added additional appointments to our already-free STI testing, through Thursday.
These extra testing opportunities align with the CDC's guidelines, encouraging individuals to undergo testing at least once in their lifetimes and more frequently, depending on certain factors.
Confidential, Non-Judgmental Care
Understanding the sensitive nature of these services, MCHD emphasizes its commitment to confidentiality and a welcoming atmosphere. Public health nurses, trained through WVU's LGBTQ+ Center with Safe Zone training, provide friendly and non-judgmental care. Appointments are required, ensuring personalized attention and a comfortable environment.
Outreach Event at WVU Mountainlair
Additionally, MCHD will be at the WVU Mountainlair in the Rhododendron Room on Thursday, Nov. 30 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. This event aims to bring essential health services directly to the community. Services offered during the event include:
Free HIV testing: Free, confidential testing.
Flu and COVID vaccines: Receive vaccinations against the flu and COVID-19, protecting yourself and the community.
Naloxone: Learn about and obtain naloxone, a medication designed to rapidly reverse opioid overdose.
Fentanyl test strips: Access tools to detect the presence of fentanyl in substances, a crucial step in preventing overdoses.
Also, the WVU Positive Clinic will be on hand to provide free condoms.
Comprehensive STI Services
Monongalia County Health Department offers free screenings for chlamydia, gonorrhea, syphilis, HIV, hepatitis B and hepatitis C. We also offer free treatment for chlamydia, gonorrhea and syphilis, and can make referrals for other STI treatments. Evaluation and treatment of other types of STIs including genital herpes as well as genital warts, also called HPV, is available. Call 304-598-5119 for an appointment.