How to get tested for STDs in preparation for World Aids Day

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SALT LAKE CITY, Utah(ABC4 News) As we approach World Aids Day, it’s a reminder that if you’re worrying about having a sexually transmitted disease, there is always help. Lynn Beltran, Epidemiology Supervisor with the Salt Lake County Health Department, joined Emily Clark to talk about the services offered by the STD Clinic.

Beltran says their clinical staff is the most experienced in the state, with over 50 years of combined experience in the STD field. They have Spanish speakers on-staff, and they also provide translation services for other languages.

You should be tested any time you think you may have been exposed to an STD, if you have any of symptoms of an STD, or when you just want to get checked out and be sure. Beltran says if you’re concerned about a specific STD, to see their STD Testing Window Chart for the best time to be tested. The chart also has information about when symptoms usually appear and how long it takes to get test results.

Other than the rapid HIV test that offers same-day results, STD test results generally take 7 to 10 days.

If a patient tests positive for chlamydia, gonorrhea, syphilis, or HIV, he or she may choose to contact their partner(s) directly and refer them to the STD Clinic for low-cost testing and treatment. If a patient wishes to remain anonymous but wants their partners to know they have been exposed and need to be evaluated, the partner notification service will contact the partners and encourage them to visit the STD Clinic for evaluation.

Beltrans says the Clinic ensures anonymity for all patients; if they contact the partner(s) of anyone diagnosed with an STD, they are legally and ethically prohibited from providing any information about the original referring patient. the Clinic takes this responsibility very seriously and their disease investigators receive extensive training on how to protect patients’ personal information.

Partner notification is available for all cases of chlamydia, gonorrhea, syphilis, and HIV diagnosed anywhere in Salt Lake County, including those at other clinics.

The STD Clinic is conveniently located downtown in the Salt Lake City Public Health Center at 660 South 200 East, Fourth Floor.

Make an appointment by calling 385-468-4242.
The Clinic does the best possible to accommodate walk-in patients Monday to Friday from 8:30 A.M. to 4:00 P.M. However, you can decrease your wait time and guarantee being seen by making an appointment.

For more information, visit SLCO.org/Health.

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