At Charles Drew Health Center, Inc. (CDHC), we understand Sexually Transmitted Diseases (STDs) aren’t easy to talk about and testing can seem overwhelming. That’s why we have a team to provide expert medical care with a compassionate touch. Our Prevention Staff provides Express Testing for Chlamydia, Gonorrhea and HIV. Syphilis testing is also available upon request. If your test results require further consultation or treatment, based on your medical history, we will be available to follow up with you at your convenience.
As a federally-qualified health center and a Title X site, we provide education regarding contraception and patient-friendly prices for most contraception methods. We also provide interpreters upon request. Charles Drew Health Center has offered STD/HIV testing services for more than 25 years. Trust us to provide confidential STD testing that protects your privacy and keeps your personal health information secure.
If you are 15-24 years of age, check out our Adolescent Health Project (AHP), supported by the Women's Fund of Omaha. We offer STD testing and treatment, contraceptives, HIV testing and mental health support for youth. Prevention Staff are available to see you at CDHC, 2915 Grant Street, Monday - Friday, 9am to 11:30 am and 1pm to 7pm . Don't wait, get checked today. You may also call 1-844-690-CHKD (2453).
Individuals with an STD have a greater chance of getting HIV than those without the infection. Studies have shown that individuals that have tested positive for an STD are 5 times more likely to get HIV (the virus that causes AIDS) if exposed. Why? STDs that inflame mucosal tissue makes an individual more vulnerable to HIV infection if they have sexual contact with an infected person.
Doctor consult included, if appropriate
If your STD test results come back positive, a physician will be available, usually within 24 hours, or you can schedule a time of your choosing to answer any questions you may have. If necessary, they will discuss follow-up treatment and prescribe medication if you were not treated at the time of screening.
What does positive mean?
A positive test result means that this specific test showed signs of infection. If your STD Test result is positive, you can speak with a member of the Prevention Staff on the phone about your results and discuss follow-up treatment.
Can I get the same STD more than once?
Yes. Getting re-infected with Chlamydia or Gonorrhea, for example, can happen if you have unprotected sex with someone who has the infection. You may also become re-infected if you do not take your medication as prescribed, the bacteria may not clear up. You can also have more than one STD at a time. You should know that viral infections such as herpes and HIV can be managed but cannot be cured.
Are Chlamydia and Gonorrhea curable?
Yes, Chlamydia and Gonorrhea can be cured with antibiotics. Our doctors will decide which treatment option is best for you.
Who should be tested?
Chlamydia and Gonorrhea affects both men and women. With more than 2.8 million new infections a year, Chlamydia and Gonorrhea spreads easily. Plus, it’s common to have Chlamydia and Gonorrhea without having any symptoms. The only way to know is to get tested. The CDC recommends testing for all sexually active women ages 25 and under and for women who have a new sex partner or multiple partners. Consider Chlamydia and Gonorrhea testing as part of routine STD screening, especially if you have had unprotected vaginal, anal, and/or oral sex with someone whose STD status you do not know or are concerned about.
What are the symptoms of an STD?
STD (sexually transmitted disease) describe viruses, bacteria, and other agents that are passed from person to person through sexual intercourse and can cause infection/disease. Surprisingly, the most common symptoms of STDs are no symptoms at all, making it very important for those who are sexually active, and especially those who have ever engaged in unprotected sex, to get tested.
Symptoms of STDs can range from none to impossible to ignore, based on which STD is present, and what stage the infection is in. This makes it difficult to talk about STD symptoms as a whole, as they vary so much based on the specific infection. Just because you have a symptom (such as burning with urination) that can be caused by an STD, doesn’t mean you necessarily have one. This is why testing is so important; it’s the only way to know whether you have a STD. It is also important to note that STDs can often have no symptoms that you can see or feel. So, a lack of obvious symptoms does not guarantee that you are STD-free. If undetected and left untreated, some STDs may cause long-term problems such as infertility, pelvic inflammatory disease, organ damage, whole body illness, and even death. Testing remains the only way to know whether or not you are infected, and regular testing is encouraged by the CDC for those who are at increased risk of contracting STDs.
Common STD symptoms
Most people think of STDs and their symptoms as only occurring in the genitals; however, signs of STDs can show up in other areas, such as the mouth, throat, and anus (for those engaging in oral and anal sex).
Common STD symptoms generally associated with the gential area are:
STD symptoms in men:
Itching at the tip of the penis
Presence of a rash/sore on penis or surrounding area
Penile discharge (Thick yellow or milky or watery)
Burning with urination, frequent urination
Pain with ejaculation
Rectal pain, discharge, or bleeding
STD symptoms in women:
Itching in/around the vulva/vagina
Presence of a rash/sore on the genitals
Burning with urination
Pain with sex
Bleeding between periods
Low back pain
Rectal pain, discharge, or bleeding
While these signs of an STD easily come to mind when someone worries about a potential infection, there are many more that typically aren’t thought of, and that affect the body as a whole, such as headache, fever, muscle aches, body rash, or weight loss. These STD/STI symptoms typically occur in the later stages of an infection. And can signal more advanced disease.
How can I prevent getting or spreading
Not having sex at all is the only way to be 100% safe from getting or spreading STDs. If you are sexually active, a latex condom is the best way to protect yourself and your partner. And the best way for women to decrease their chance of infection when having sex with other women is to properly use a latex dental dam.
HIV/AIDS and STD Testing
HIV/AIDS Testing And Counseling
Since 1988, CDHC has provided individuals with confidential HIV/AIDS testing and counseling at multiple service sites.
HIV/AIDS Outreach and community health education initiatives also include free HIV testing and counseling.
STD Counseling, Testing And Partner Notification
CDHC provides STD testing, counseling, treatment and partner notification for individuals at its main location, 2915 Grant Street.For other testing locations, call (402) 451-3553.