STI Testing & Treatment
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We work to prevent the spread of sexually transmitted infections through confidential testing and treatment. STIs can cause serious health issues if left untreated. Our staff is here to help you get testing and treatment to help you stay healthy.
We offer tests for the following STIs:
- Mycoplasma genitalium
- Hepatitis B*
We do not offer testing for herpes, HPV, bacterial vaginosis, urinary tract infections. PAP smears and birth control are not offered at the STI clinic. Visit your healthcare provider for these services.
We do give out free condoms.
*A $30 fee is charged for Hepatitis B testing.
Limited walk-in testing is available at the Springfield-Greene County Health Department, 227 E. Chestnut Expressway, on Mondays and Wednesdays, 8:00 am-2:00 pm. Call 417-864-1684 to ensure space is available.
Testing for students:
We have partnered with Magers Health and Wellness to offer STI testing for students on the Missouri State University campus.
Additional testing opportunities:
Visit the AIDS Project of the Ozarks' Downtown location for walk-in STI testing.
Getting tested for STIs is the only way to know for sure if you have one. Knowing your status helps you make healthy decisions to prevent getting or transmitting an STI. You should be examined by a healthcare professional if you notice any of the following symptoms, or if your partner has an STI or symptoms of an STI:
- Abnormal genital discharge
- Painful urination
- Abnormal bleeding
- Flu-like symptoms
- Sores or ulcers in the mouth or genitals
- Itching or irritation of the genitals
Limited testing is available on Mondays from 8:00 am-2:00 pm. You may have a short wait before you are seen. When you check in, you will be asked questions about your sexual history before you are seen by a nurse or undergo express testing.
Test results can take up to 7-10 business days.
We offer treatment at no cost for Chlamydia, Gonorrhea, Trichomoniasis and Syphilis. Treatment may be in the form of a pill or an injection.
If you are newly diagnosed with HIV, we partner with AIDS Project of the Ozarks to get you started on treatment the same day.
Treatment for Mycoplasma Genitalium is called in to your preferred pharmacy. Cost for treatment depends on the pharmacy and your insurance coverage.
A positive Hepatitis B test does not necessarily mean a person has been recently infected, just that infection has occurred at some point in life, or that the person has been vaccinated.
If you are diagnosed with an STI, our nurse will contact you directly to ensure you come back to the office for treatment. You may also check your patient portal for test results.
If you've just found out you have an STI, you may be trying to figure out what to do next. Here are the three most important steps you can take:
- Get treated: STIs can be treated with medicine from your healthcare provider. Make sure you take all you medicine exactly as instructed. Untreated STIs can cause other health problems, including infertility.
- Tell your partner: It is up to you to tell your partner(s). Your partner may also be infected and not know it and needs to get tested and treated. Without treatment for your partner, they might pass the STI back to you. It may be uncomfortable, but telling your partners about STIs allows them to protect their health, too.
- Get retested: Get retested in three months to ensure you and your partner haven't been reinfected.
Anyone who is sexually active can get an STI, but infections are preventable. Here's how you can avoid giving or getting an STI:
Practice abstinence: The surest way to avoid STIs is to not have sex.
Use condoms: Using a condom correctly every time you have sex can help you avoid STIs. Condoms lessen the risk of infection for all STIs. You still can get certain STIs, like herpes or HPV from contact with your partner's skin, even when using a condom. We do distribute free condoms at the STI clinic.
Have fewer partners: Agree to only have sex with one person who agrees to only have sex with you. Make sure you both get tested to know for sure that neither of you has an STI. This is one of the most reliable ways to avoid STIs.
Talk with your partner: Talk with your sex partner(s) about STIs and staying safe before having sex. It might be uncomfortable to start the conversation, but protecting your health is your responsibility.
Get tested: Many STIs don't have symptoms, but they can still cause health problems. The only way to know for sure if you have an STI is to get tested.