Free STD Testing in Indiana

Sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) are on the rise in the United States. Indiana State follows a similar trend as witnessed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) nationwide. CDC’s statistics from the past five years indicate a surge in combined cases of the three common, reportable STDs, namely chlamydia, syphilis, and gonorrhea in Indiana. CDC claims that the cases reached an all-time high in the state in 2018. Teenagers and young adults are the most impacted population groups in Indiana.


White County Health Department

White County Health Department

Testing Services
  • TB Testing
Care Services
  • Hepatitis A Vaccine
  • Human Papillomavirus Vaccine
  • TB Treatment
Audiences
  • Adolescents/Youth/Teens
  • General Public
  • Low Income Persons
Fees & Payment Options
  • Fee
Languages
  • English
White County Health Department

902 Foxwood Ct, Monticello, Indiana 47960


(574) 583-8254


Website


Appointment Required: Yes


Opening Hours
  • Monday
    8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
  • Tuesday
    8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
  • Wednesday
    8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
  • Thursday
    8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
  • Friday
    8:00 AM - 4:00 PM

Noble County Health Department

Noble County Health Department

Testing Services
  • TB Testing
Care Services
  • Adult Hepatitis B Vaccine
  • Hepatitis A Vaccine
  • Human Papillomavirus Vaccine
  • TB Treatment
Prevention Services
  • TB Prevention/Education
Audiences
  • Adolescents/Youth/Teens
  • General Public
  • Low Income Persons
  • African Americans/Blacks
  • Hispanics/Latinos
  • LGBT
  • Gay Men
  • Native Americans
Fees & Payment Options
  • Fee
  • Medicaid Accepted
  • Medicare Accepted
  • Insurance Accepted
  • Donations Accepted
Languages
  • English
Noble County Health Department

2090 IN-9, Ste C, Albion, Indiana 46701


(260) 636-2978


(260) 636-3753


Website


Appointment Required: Yes


Opening Hours
  • Monday
    8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
  • Tuesday
    8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
  • Wednesday
    8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
  • Thursday
    8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
  • Friday
    8:00 AM - 4:00 PM

St Joseph County Health Department

St Joseph County Health Department

Testing Services
  • TB Testing
Care Services
  • Adult Hepatitis B Vaccine
  • Hepatitis A Vaccine
  • Human Papillomavirus Vaccine
  • TB Treatment
Prevention Services
  • TB Prevention/Education
Audiences
  • Adolescents/Youth/Teens
  • Adults
  • General Public
  • Low Income Persons
  • Persons with TB
  • Young Adults
Fees & Payment Options
  • Fee
  • Medicaid Accepted
  • Sliding Scale
  • Free HIV Testing
Languages
  • English
  • Spanish
St Joseph County Health Department

227 W Jefferson Blvd, South Bend, Indiana 46601


(574) 235-9750


(574) 245-6581


Website


Website


Website


Appointment Required: Yes


Opening Hours
  • Monday
    8:00 AM - 4:30 PM
  • Tuesday
    8:00 AM - 4:30 PM
  • Wednesday
    8:00 AM - 4:30 PM
  • Thursday
    8:00 AM - 4:30 PM
  • Friday
    8:00 AM - 4:30 PM

Huntington County Department of Health

Huntington County Department of Health

Testing Services
  • TB Testing
Care Services
  • Adult Hepatitis B Vaccine
  • Hepatitis A Vaccine
  • Human Papillomavirus Vaccine
Prevention Services
  • TB Prevention/Education
  • Hepatitis Prevention/Education
Audiences
  • Adolescents/Youth/Teens
  • At Risk Persons
  • General Public
  • Low Income Persons
  • Persons with HIV/AIDS
  • Women
  • HIV Positive Persons
  • Men
  • African Americans/Blacks
  • Hispanics/Latinos
  • LGBT
Fees & Payment Options
  • Fee
Languages
  • English
Huntington County Department of Health

1330 S Jefferson St, Huntington, Indiana 46750


(260) 358-4831


(260) 358-4899


Website


Appointment Required: Yes


Opening Hours
  • Monday
    8:00 AM - 4:30 PM
  • Tuesday
    8:00 AM - 4:30 PM
  • Wednesday
    8:00 AM - 4:30 PM
  • Thursday
    8:00 AM - 4:30 PM
  • Friday
    8:00 AM - 4:30 PM

Perry County Health Department

Perry County Health Department

Testing Services
  • Hepatitis C Testing
  • TB Testing
  • Rapid HIV Testing
Care Services
  • Adult Hepatitis B Vaccine
  • Hepatitis A Vaccine
  • Human Papillomavirus Vaccine
Audiences
  • Adolescents/Youth/Teens
  • Adults
  • General Public
  • Low Income Persons
Fees & Payment Options
  • Fee
  • Medicaid Accepted
  • Donations Accepted
Languages
  • English
Perry County Health Department

3214 Tell St, Ste 1, Tell City, Indiana 47586


(812) 547-2746


Website


Appointment Required: Yes


Opening Hours
  • Monday
    8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
  • Tuesday
    8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
  • Wednesday
    8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
  • Thursday
    8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
  • Friday
    8:00 AM - 4:00 PM

Why Testing Matters?

Do you know STDs are one of the strongest indicators that you are indulging in unprotected sexual activity? And that its consequences could be drastic for the individual as an STD increases your risk of contracting HIV (human immunodeficiency virus) by 2 to 5 times. You must think about making STD testing a regular part of your annual health inspection and if you have multiple partners, think about getting screened every three to six months. STD treatment can prevent you from getting HIV, so it can be assumed that STD testing, treatment, and prevention, are direct prevention interventions for HIV.

On the other hand, untreated STDs are one of the leading causes of many chronic, life-threatening diseases such as chronic pelvic pain, cancer, and male/female infertility. Pregnant females and newborns are specifically vulnerable to the risks associated with undiagnosed and untreated STDs. The good news is that antibiotics are available and can cure almost all STDs. The key is to get tested and diagnose the infection at the right time and an early stage.

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STD Statistics in Indiana

In Indiana, a syphilis outbreak was witnessed between 1999 and 2000, after which a steep drop in the number of cases was observed. However, within the past five years, the rate of primary and secondary syphilis cases has significantly increased. Between 2015 and 2018, the Indiana State Department of Health reported a 19.4% increase in the reported chlamydia cases and a 53.5% increase in reported gonorrhea cases in the state. Since 2015, the Indiana health department has noticed a 27.8% increase in syphilis cases.

Furthermore, according to the data shared by the Indiana State Department of Health, STDs reached an all-time high in 2018 as 34,926 chlamydia cases, 12,193 gonorrhea cases, and 367 cases of primary, secondary syphilis were reported in the state. In addition to this, the ISHD stated that at least 2 cases of congenital syphilis were reported in newborns. Each day in 2019, the state of Indiana reported 133 positive cases of STDs,

As far as gonorrhea, chlamydia and syphilis cases are concerned, both diseases have reportedly undergone a sharp rise. In 2005, the number of chlamydia cases increased significantly, and the trend continued for the next seven years before recording a slight drop between 2013 and 2015. However, during this time, syphilis cases dropped by 28% after recording an unprecedented high in 2003.

According to the CDC State Health Profile, Indiana state ranked 27th among the fifty US stated in chlamydia infections at a rate of 437.9 cases/100,000 people. It ranked 23rd in gonorrheal infections at a rate of 118,9 cases/100,000 people.

Age, Gender, and Ethnic Disparities

The Indiana State Department of Health reported that more cases of syphilis, gonorrhea, and chlamydia were reported among teens and young adults in 2018. Regarding gonorrhea, a majority of infections occurred in men (over 50%) in 2018, particularly among men who have sex with men (MSM). Chlamydia was predominantly prevalent in females than males as three-quarters of cases were identified in females.

Non-Hispanic Blacks reported a higher number of chlamydia cases between 2014 and 2018, with cases reaching over 4000 among people aged 20-24, out of which over 2,500 cases were diagnosed among females and around 1455 among males. The second most impacted age group in the black race was 15-19, with more than 3400 cases. Out of these, over 2300 cases were reported in females and around 1050 in males.

A similar situation is observed among the white population in Indiana as age 20-24, and 15-19 reported the largest proportion of chlamydial infections in 2014-2018 with 5392 and 3701 cases, respectively. White males reported 1372 (age 20-24) and 598 (age group 15-19) chlamydia cases, and females reported 3103 (15-19 age group) and 4019 (20-24 age group) cases. According to CDC State Health Profile 2015-2016, the state reported 609 cases per 100,000 people in women, which was 2.3 times higher than males, which reported 261.3 cases per 100,000 people.

However, the fact cannot be ignored that in Indiana, the black population is disproportionately impacted by all three reportable STDs. STDs are more prevalent among minorities than the white population in this state. Among the state’s general population, 4.3% come from a Hispanic background and reported 5.2% of chlamydia cases in 2005, while gonorrhea impacted Hispanics much less than chlamydia. Among the Hispanic population, the number of syphilis cases was considerably higher, with 8% in 2005.

According to the Indiana State Department of Health’s STD prevention specialist, Caitlin Conrad, this disproportionateness is due to several factors.

“It can be anything from more online dating sites than we’ve ever had before [where] people have more access to more partners and more anonymous partners to reduced stigma [because] maybe people don’t feel as scared of STDs as they used to because they’re all treatable conditions. Conrad noted that "people are getting tested pretty frequently now and have access to better healthcare services.”

State Initiatives

Indiana is among the 8 states that received federal funding from the Combat Antibiotic-Resistant Bacteria (CARB) federal fund to find emergency protocols for resistant gonorrhea treatment.

The state’s STD Prevention Program is launched with the mission to curb the spread of STDs and reduce underlying complications that could lead to HIV. Through this program, financial and technical assistance is offered to local STD programs to carry out disease surveillance, ensure regular screening for case detection and treatment of identified cases. Furthermore, the program is also responsible for ensuring case follow-up and further counseling/education. Health care providers across the state collaborate to offer appropriate low-cost screening services for the three common STDs and offer prevention counseling to impacted people.

The STD Prevention Program engages partner agencies, community groups, and other stakeholders to decrease the STD-related disparity among vulnerable communities/populations, including improving health inequalities among people with STDs.

The Clark County Health Department and Hoosiers Hills AIDS Coalition have collaborated for the state’s HIV/STD Program. Their joint office is located in Jeffersonville. The program offers a full range of intergraded services to the citizens of Clark, Floyd, and 12 surrounding counties located in Southeast Indiana.

The Rural Center for AIDS/STD Prevention (RCAP) was founded in 1994 and promoted HIV/STD prevention throughout rural America. The program offers prevention services and develops strategies to overcome behavioral and social barriers to rural HIV/STD prevention. RCAP’s headquarter is at Indiana University in the Department of Applied Health Science, School of Public Health – Bloomington.

References

  • CDC, 2017. Indiana - 2015 state health profile . cdc.gov. Available at: https://www.cdc.gov/nchhstp/stateprofiles/pdf/indiana_profile.pdf
  • National Center for HIV, Viral Hepatitis, STD, and TB Prevention, 2019. STDs continue to rise in the U.S. press release. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Available at: https://www.cdc.gov/nchhstp/newsroom/2019/2018-STD-surveillance-report-press-release.html
  • Burgess, R. & Suppiger, M.T., 2021. STDs on the rise in Indiana and around the country. NUVO. Available at: https://nuvo.newsnirvana.com/news/stds-on-the-rise-in-indiana-and-around-the-country/article_d476949c-c196-11e8-9ce9-eb87901ccf48.html
  • Clark County Health Dept, 2021. HIV/STD programs. Clarkhealth.net. Available at: https://www.clarkhealth.net/index.php/hiv-std
  • IDH, 2018. At a glance: Semi-Annual HIV/AIDS, STD, and Hepatitis B & C Data; through December 31, 2017. in.gov. Available at: https://www.eccc.gov.kh/sites/default/files/eccc%20at%20a%20glance%20-%20january%202018.pdf
  • IDH, 2019. Chlamydia - reported cases by race/ethnicity, sex, and age 2016-2018. in.gov. Available at: https://www.in.gov/health/hiv-std-viral-hepatitis/files/Chlamydia-2014-2018.pdf
  • IDH, 2021. STD Prevention Program Overview. in.gov. Available at: https://www.in.gov/health/hiv-std-viral-hepatitis/sexually-transmitted-disease-prevention-program/sexually-transmitted-disease-prevention-program/
  • Indiana Department of Health, 2021. STD Data. in.gov. Available at: https://www.in.gov/health/hiv-std-viral-hepatitis/sexually-transmitted-disease-prevention-program/std-data/
  • Indiana University Bloomington, 2021. RCAP faculty. rcap.indiana.edu. Available at: https://rcap.indiana.edu/rcap-faculty/index.html
  • Myhre , J. & Sifris, D., 2020. 3 surprising ways that stds increase HIV risk. Verywell Health. Available at: https://www.verywellhealth.com/stds-increase-hiv-risk-49603
How Does it Work?

See how simple and easy it is to get tested for STDs today.

Most people experience feelings of hesitation when going to get tested for STD, despite knowing they might have contracted one. EasySTD was created to change that.

1

Order your STD test

Visit your nearest lab or clinic, order your home testing kit online, and follow the given instructions from an STD testing provider.

2

Undergo the test

After ordering your STD test, visit the testing center to get tested or take a self sample including urine, cotton swab, or finger prick with the home testing kit and mail it back.

3

Receive you results

Receive the lab-certified results of your STD test from your test provider via mail or phone within 2 to 3 days. If the test comes positive, consult your doctor immediately.

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