New healthcare services are available today with the opening of the Sexually Transmitted Disease (STD) Clinic. According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), Morgan County has a high incidence of STDs as compared to other counties across the state of Illinois.
The clinic is a collaborative effort between the Morgan County Health Department and Passavant Area Hospital with the mission to reduce the incidence of disease in the community. “This is a great opportunity to work together with our local Health Department to address the health needs of the community we serve,” said Doug Rahn, DBA, President and CEO of Passavant Area Hospital.
The clinic is at the Morgan County Health Department, 345 West State, Jacksonville. At this time, services provided at this clinic are free. Screenings are available for chlamydia, gonorrhea, syphilis and HIV. “This is an identified health need in our community and we’re pleased to partner with Passavant to offer this service locally,” said Dale Bainter, Administrator for the Morgan County Health Department.
In addition to the above screenings, free hepatitis A and B vaccines are available to those clinic participants 18 years of age and older who have never started or who have need of completing the series. This clinic also offers these vaccines free of charge to those who are HIV or hepatitis C positive.
This is a state-supported clinic and laboratory services and medication are provided through this funding. According to Bainter, the Clinic follows the Illinois Sexually Transmittable Disease Control Act (410 ILCS 325/), as well as the Consent by Minors to Medical Procedures Act (410 ILCS 210/). The Clinic is for those who have put themselves at risk of a Sexually Transmitted Disease/ Infection. This Clinic cannot be used for other needs such as, but not limited to, court ordered testing or immigration requirements.
The STD Clinic is open Mondays and Wednesdays. Call the Health Department, 217-245-5111, to schedule an appointment.