DANVILLE, IN – The Hendricks County Health Department will provide free HIV, hepatitis C, and pregnancy testing every third Thursday and by appointment at the Health Department’s Nursing Division beginning April 20, 2017. Testing for sexually transmitted infections (STIs) is also available and may be free for those who qualify.
“It is important for our residents to know their HIV and STI status so they can receive appropriate and timely education and treatment. This also helps prevent the spread of disease in our county,” says Dr. David Stopperich, Health Officer at the Hendricks County Health Department.
The Indiana State Department of Health indicates that there are more than 11,000 people in Indiana living with HIV/AIDS, and that roughly 1 in 5 of the HIV positive population is unaware of their status.
The Hendricks County Health Department will provide testing for HIV, chlamydia, gonorrhea, syphilis, and hepatitis C for patients age 14 and older. Results will be sent to the Bell Flower Clinic at the Marion County Public Health Department who will facilitate treatment plans and assure the appropriate medical care is provided through case management.
In addition to HIV and STI testing, the clinic will also offer free pregnancy testing so women can seek prenatal care as soon as possible. Indiana has one of the highest infant mortality rates in the nation (7.7 deaths per 1,000 live births). Receiving early and adequate prenatal care is vital for a healthy pregnancy and birth.
All testing will be offered every third Thursday from 8:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. on a walk-in basis at the Health Department’s Nursing Division, located at the Hendricks County Government Center, 355 S. Washington St., in Danville. Testing is confidential and most tests are provided free of charge depending on eligibility. Appointments can be accommodated on other days if needed. Please call the Hendricks County Health Department for availability.
For more information about testing, contact the Hendricks County Health Department Nursing Division at (317) 745-9222 or visit www.co.hendricks.in.us/health.