STI's infect 1 in 4 adolescents and adults.
There are many STI's, bacterial, and viral. STI's are serious, sometimes painful, and can cause a lot of damage. There are some STI's that will only infect your reproductive organs, but other STI's such as HIV, Hepatitis, and Syphilis can cause infections throughout your body. Many do not cause any symptoms at first; however, regardless of symptoms, you may still spread the STI to another partner until you are properly treated.
Viral STI's cannot be cured, but with proper treatment, symptoms can be controlled.
The ONLY way to know if you have an STI is through medical testing.
The Elkhart County STI Program offers confidential screening for the following:
NOTE: Due to the COVID-19 virus, the clinic will be by appointment only.
Monday 8-12:00pm & 1-5:00pm
Tuesday-Friday 8-12:00am & 1-4:00pm
Patients seen on a first come first serve basis.
Yes, it is strictly confidential. We will not release any information to any agency or individual without your consent.
No, parental permission is not required for 14 years of age and older.
Yes, free condoms are available any time during clinic hours.
It could take up to three months from the time you are exposed to show on a test.
You should call for an appointment as soon as possible. Be sure to mention that you are having symptoms when you schedule the appointment.
Follow through with your medical provider's instructions, including taking all medicine and abstaining from sex for the specified amount of time. It is also very important that your sex and/or needle sharing partners are informed of the contact and receive testing and any treatment that is needed.
You need to schedule an appointment for testing and treatment as soon as possible. It is very important that you mention to your medical provider that you have been in contact with an STI. Do not have sex until both you and your partner have completed your treatment.
There are often no symptoms of an STI which means you can have one for a long period of time without knowing it. If symptoms are present, they usually show (typically from a few days to a month) shortly after exposure.
Yes, often times there are no symptoms of an STI.
Yes, there are treatments available that are safe during pregnancy for most STI's. It is important to let your provider know if you are or may be pregnant so that a safe treatment is provided.
Elkhart County Health Department, STI Clinic, (574) 523-2128.
STI/HIV Clinic visit is $25 (subject to change without notice). Certain tests and medications may cost extra. Call for current pricing.