Sexually Transmitted Diseases
Health department STD staff work to limit and even eliminate illnesses and deaths related to sexually transmitted diseases, such as HIV, AID’s, Syphilis, Gonorrhea, and Chlamydia. STD’s left untreated may cause severe health problems, such as sterility and birth defects. HIV testing is an important component of the STD program at the health department. Early HIV testing, complemented by advancements in medications can improve and even prolong the quality of life. HIV includes individual risk assessment and provides for preventive education by an appropriately trained professional. Patients seeking STD services at the health department have complete personal privacy, and will receive a complete evaluation, along with appropriate diagnostic and treatment care. Preventive education on STD’s will also be made available by appropriately trained staff.
STD Clinic Hours
Monday – Friday
8:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. o 1:00 – 4:00 p.m.
Walk-in or By Appointment
Horario de clinica de ETS
8:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. ó 1:00 – 4:00 p.m.
Con cita ó sin cita
Tuberculosis (Mycobacterium tuberculosis complex) is transmitted from person to person by airborne droplets. Although the disease has historically been a major cause of death throughout the world, with appropriate therapy is now curable in most cases. Contact investigations and case management conducted by health department staff and the medical community help to prevent outbreaks of the disease. Tuberculin skin tests help to identify persons who are likely to convert from “Suspect” to “Disease,” and with appropriate therapy prevent the actual disease occurrence.
TB medications are available at the health department at no charge. TB skin tests are available on a walk-in-basis, Monday through Friday, from 8 to 11 in the morning, and 1 to 4 in the afternoon.
Hepatitis A and B are both vaccine preventable diseases. The Health Department offers both vaccines available on a walk in basis during clinic hours. The Health Department offers FREE Hepatitis C testing for any individuals who use IV drug users, HIV positive patients and Baby Boomers (those born between 1945 and 1965). Should anyone test positive, they will be referred for treatment and can be cured. For more information, see links below.
CDC What is Viral Hepatitis?
CDC Hepatitis Statistics and Surveillance
CDC Viral Hepatitis Outbreaks
Pender County Health Department offers a Sliding Fee Scale Discount based on family size and income. Please call 910-259-1230 for a Sliding Fee Scale Application. No one will be denied services based on inability to pay.