STI/HIV/HCV Screening & Counseling

ABOUT STIs Sexually transmitted infections (STIs) are caused by infections that are passed from one person to another during sexual contact.  Often people don’t have any symptoms, so don’t know they have an infection.  But sexually transmitted infections are very common; in fact about half of us will have some kind of infection in our lifetime. But there are things we can do to prevent infection – visit our Reproductive Health page to learn more. And getting tested if you’re at risk of infection equals best possible treatment and outcomes for you and prevention for any sexual partner. FOR YOU STI Testing We contract with Planned Parenthood of the North Country to provide STD testing. Call us at 518-873-3500 for more information.

HIV Testing

HIV Counseling and Testing is recommended for everyone ages 13-64.  One in six (1/6) people with HIV do not know they are infected.

To schedule an appointment for HIV Counseling and Testing, or more information call 518-873-3500

 HCV Testing

Hepatitis C is a liver disease caused by the hepatitis C virus.  Most people with hepatitis C don’t know they have it.  It is spread from blood to blood.  Get tested if you…

¨ Injected or snorted drugs (even if it was years ago)

¨ Got a tattoo or body piercing from an unlicensed artist,

¨  Were born from 1945-1965 (Baby Boomers)

¨  Received donated blood or organs before 1992

Why are Baby Boomers and blood/organ donors/recipients at increased risk?  Because we did not have the same precautionary measures in place (like single-use needles) to prevent disease transmission that we have today.

We provide RAPID (20 minute results) HCV testing by fingerstick at our Elizabethtown office.  Call 518-873-3500 for an appointment.

We can bill public insurance and Excellus BCBS for these tests.  This Department charges an at-cost rate plus administration fee —our rate/fees are adjusted down using a sliding fee scale based on household income.

We can now accept payment with GovPayNet – so you can swipe your debit or credit card here at our office or pay online.

Before you pay with GovPayNet we advise you to read the GovPayNet Fee Schedule and GovPayNet Terms of Service.

Please call our office at 518-873-3500 if you have questions about immunizations, fees or payment.

NYSDOH Requirements as a Local Health Department

OUR REQUIRED ACTIVITIES

We provide, or assure through contracts, confidential:

✅ Ensure access to STI testing, diagnosis and treatment,

✅ Ensure partner notification and referral services for treatment,

✅ Provide information referral and assistance in accessing community programs,

✅ Conduct public education and health promotion campaigns 

✅ Maintain communication with health care providers for surveillance, reporting and treatment