Springfield-Greene County Health has expanded sexually transmitted infection (STI) testing opportunities to four days per week. Beginning Thursday, March 30, free and confidential STI testing will be available from 9 a.m. to 10:45 a.m. and 12:15 p.m. until 3 p.m.
Appointments can be made up to seven days in advance using the online STI screening and intake form at health.springfieldmo.gov/STI. These new hours are in addition to appointments every Tuesday at the same time and walk-in STI testing and consultation every Monday and Wednesday from 8 a.m. until 2 p.m. The screening and intake form will notify people meeting certain criteria that they will need to walk-in on a Monday or Wednesday to speak to a Health Department nurse.
Testing at the Health Department is available to detect:
- Mycoplasma genitalium.
The Health Department does not test for herpes, HPV, bacterial vaginosis, or urinary tract infections. Those who test positive for chlamydia, gonorrhea, trichomoniasis, or syphilis will be offered treatment at no cost. Individuals newly diagnosed with HIV will be referred to our partner, AIDS Project of the Ozarks, while people positive for mycoplasma genitalium will be referred to a pharmacy for treatment.
This expansion of testing services allows the Health Department to continue responding to the spread of STIs in Greene County. According to the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services, there were nearly 2,900 cases of chlamydia, gonorrhea, and syphilis reported in Greene County in 2022 and the number of syphilis cases reported in 2022 remains at a historic high. In 2021 and 2022, the rate of syphilis was nearly triple the annual rate of cases in the previous five years.
Especially considering the high rate of STIs in Greene County, the Health Department encourages anyone who is sexually active to review the Center for Disease Control and Prevention’s recommendations on their risks for contracting a sexually transmitted infection and the frequency of testing.
More information on STIs, how to prevent them, a list of illnesses the Health Department tests for and other resources for testing and treatment are available at health.springfieldmo.gov/STI or by calling 417-864-1684.
Media may contact the Health Department PIO Team by call or text at 417-380-2556 or email at [email protected].
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