STD (Sexually Transmitted Diseases) Clinic
The origins of the current STD clinic began approximately 30 years ago. This clinic was started in collaboration with the Springfield Public Health Department. The purpose of the clinic at its initiation was to provide teaching and hands on experience to the medical students and residents at Southern Illinois University School of Medicine. At the same time, this was a much-needed service for the city of Springfield. Another benefit for the citizens of Springfield was to serve those that could not afford to pay for some of the testing and for the clinic to be held at a place where anonymity was paramount, thus encouraging people to come in and be tested.
The Springfield Public Health Department and the Sangamon County Department of Public Health merged and the new location for the STD clinic is 2833 South Grand Avenue in Springfield, Illinois. It is staffed by the faculty of the Division of Infectious Diseases, faculty from the OB-GYN Department at SIU School of Medicine and Sangamon County Department of Public Health's own nurse practitioners. Medical students from the 2nd, 3rd, and 4th years attend this clinic as well as Family Medicine, Internal Medicine, Obstetrics/Gynecology, and Pediatric residents and Infectious Diseases Fellows. This experience has been consistently rated as one of the best in the SIU curriculum. In fact, many medical schools are now adding the STD experience to their curriculum because of the public health significance of this group of infections. This clinic is the only forum where residents from the Departments of Internal Medicine, OB-GYN, Pediatrics, and Family Medicine get hands on experience in the diagnosis and management of sexually transmitted diseases.
It should be noted that funding for this public health clinic, as in many other cities, has been lowered and there is now a nominal charge for testing. Please do not let this stop you from coming. An explanation of circumstances may help or they may know where you can go for completely free testing.
Testing for chlamydia, gonorrhea, and syphilis is routinely done as well as testing for HIV and Hepatitis A, B, and C. HIV test results can be obtained in as little as 20 minutes. Testing for herpes can be done and treatment is available.. The fees are variable so a phone call to 217-535-3103 will update you on current fees. Medication is given at no charge (if available).