STD (Sexually Transmitted
The STD program at the Knox County Health Department focuses on preventing STDs through testing, treatment, surveillance and education. Call 309-344-2224 to make an appointment or walk-ins accepted on Fridays.
Q: What are STDs and how do they spread?
A: STDs are mostly caused by viral or bacterial infections. These viruses and bacteria are spread during vaginal, anal, or oral sex.
Q: What are symptoms of STDs?
A: Depending on the STD, signs and symptoms can vary. Some people that are infected might have mild or show no signs or symptoms at all; others may have painful and often times embarrassing symptoms. It is important to note that individuals with NO signs or symptoms can still be infectious.
Q: What are the long-term effects?
A: STDs can lead to many side-effects that include: infertility, cancer, vital organ damage, and death.
Testing and Services
The following diseases can be tested for:
- Chlamydia - Urine test. Results in 7 to 10 days
- Gonorrhea - Urine test. Results in 7 to 10 days
- Syphilis - Blood draw. Results in 7 to 10 days
- HIV- Blood draw. Results in 7 to 10 days
- HIV (rapid testing) - Finger stick. Results in 15-20 minutes
- Hep C (rapid testing only) – Finger stick. Results in 15-20 minutes
The following services are offered:
- STD/HIV Counseling
- Expedited Partner Treatment (EPT)
Who Should Get Tested
You may have an STD and not know it! We recommend testing for:
- Anyone 25 years and younger who is sexually active
- Anyone with symptoms of an STD:
- Women: vaginal discharge, pelvic pain
- Men: penile discharge, burning with urination
- Men who have sex with men
- Sex partner of individual diagnosed with an STD
- Women with a new partner in the past 3 months
- Women with more than 1 partner in the past 3 months
- Women with a history of an STD in the past 3 years
- Anyone diagnosed with Gonorrhea or Chlamydia (should be re-screened at 3 months to detect possible re-infection)
Are you at increased risk for HIV infection?
PrEP is recommended for people age 18 and older who do not have HIV infection. This includes, but not limited to:
- Gay, bisexual, and other men who have sex with men who in engage in unprotected sex
- HIV-negative men and women who have an HIV-positive sexual partner, a high number of sex partners, who engage in unprotected sex, or have had recent or frequent STDs.
- People who inject drugs
- Commercial sex workers or if uses sex for exchange purposes