The responsibility of the Communicable Disease Prevention Branch Program is to assist the Fulton County Department of Health and Wellness in promoting, assuring and protecting the health of people in Fulton County by eliminating and/or reducing communicable diseases. This responsibility is met through testing, prevention and partner services, education, treatment, surveillance and appropriate medical and social referrals. The Program focuses on HIV/AIDS, syphilis, gonorrhea, chlamydia, hepatitis, and tuberculosis.
Partner Notification Services (PNS) is voluntary, confidential, and a free health department program. It helps people diagnosed with the following sexually transmitted diseases (STDs):
HIV and AIDS
If you have been diagnosed with an STD or HIV, you may have partners (sex or needle-sharing) that are infected. It’s good to be honest and make sure that your partner(s) have the chance to get tested and get any treatment needed. PNS helps you make sure that your partner(s) are informed and plan the most effective way to notify your partners about their exposure to infections/diseases.
An STI/STD is an infection or disease that is transmitted from one person to another during sexual contact through contact with infected bodily fluids such as vaginal secretions, semen, blood, or infected skin. Some people have symptoms but many do not. Some symptoms are temporary and may resolve on their own. Until you are treated, you are still infected.
Choose less risky sexual behaviors. Oral sex is much less risky than anal or vaginal sex. Anal sex is the highest-risk sexual activity for HIV transmission. If you are HIV-negative, insertive anal sex (topping) is less risky for getting HIV than receptive anal sex (bottoming). Sexual activities that do not involve the potential exchange of bodily fluids carry no risk for getting HIV (e.g., touching).
Use condoms consistently and correctly.
Reduce the number of people you have sex with. The number of sex partners you have affects your HIV risk. The more partners you have, the more likely you are to have a partner with HIV whose viral load is not suppressed or to have a sex partner with a sexually transmitted disease. Both of these factors can increase the risk of HIV transmission.
Talk to your doctor about pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP), taking HIV medicine daily to prevent HIV infection, if you are at substantial risk for HIV. PrEP should be considered if you are HIV-negative and in an ongoing sexual relationship with an HIV-positive partner. PrEP also should be considered if you are not in an exclusive relationship with a recently tested, HIV-negative partner and are a:gay or bisexual man who has had anal sex without a condom or been diagnosed with an STD in the past 6 months; orheterosexual man or woman who does not regularly use condoms during sex with partners of unknown HIV status who are at substantial risk of HIV infection (e.g., people who inject drugs or have bisexual male partners).
Talk to your doctor right away (within 3 days) about post-exposure prophylaxis (PEP) if you have a possible exposure to HIV. An example of a possible exposure is if you have anal or vaginal sex without a condom with someone who is or may be HIV-positive, and you are HIV-negative and not taking PrEP. Your chance of exposure to HIV is lower if your HIV-positive partner is taking antiretroviral therapy (ART) consistently and correctly, especially if his/her viral load is undetectable (see Can I transmit HIV if I have an undetectable viral load?). Starting PEP immediately and taking it daily for 4 weeks reduces your chance of getting HIV.
Get tested and treated for other STDs and encourage your partners to do the same. If you are sexually active, get tested at least once a year. STDs can have long-term health consequences. They can also increase your chance of getting HIV or transmitting it to others.
If your partner is HIV-positive, encourage your partner to get and stay on treatment. ART reduces the amount of HIV virus (viral load) in blood and body fluids. ART can keep people with HIV healthy for many years, and greatly reduce the chance of transmitting HIV to sex partners if taken consistently and correctly.
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Division of HIV/AIDS Prevention, National Center for HIV/AIDS, Viral Hepatitis, Sexual Transmitted Diseases and Tuberculosis Prevention, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. http://www.cdc.gov/hiv/basics/prevention.html. January 2015.
The only way to know for sure that you are negative, is to get tested. Have regular physical exams which include sexually transmitted disease screenings. If you think you’ve been exposed or feel you are having symptoms of a sexually transmitted disease or infection, get tested.
The STD Unit provides prevention services, education & counseling, STI/STD screenings, and treatment & referrals. The goal of the STD Unit is to reduce the incidence of sexually transmitted infections in Fulton County through a comprehensive strategy.
What types of services are offered by the STD program?
- Exams for men and women
- Testing for chlamydia, gonorrhea, hepatitis, herpes, HIV, syphilis and trichomoniasis
- Partner notification assistance
What are the hours of operation for the STD clinic?
Monday 8:30 am – 6:00 pm
Tuesday 8:30 am – 5:00 pm
Wednesday 8:30 am – 5:00 pm
Thursday 8:30 am – 5:00 pm
Friday 8:30 am – 5:00 pm
What is the cost for services?
Every client will be evaluated for ability to pay at the time of service. No client will be denied services based upon inability to pay or county of residency.
If residency, identification or income cannot be proven, client will be charged full fee at the time of service. This does not apply to clients who want family planning services.
Clients who are not residents of Fulton County will be expected to pay full fee at the time of service.
The cost for first time clients is $128.00; the cost for returning clients is $77.00
Clients will be required to pay a minimum of $10.00 for services under $50.00. Payment arrangements will be made for any remaining balance.
Clients will be required to pay 20% of the total due for services over $50.00. Payment arrangements will be made for any remaining balance.
What are the required documents needed at the time of service?
The following information must be presented at the time of service for all clients.
Proof of Identification:
- Driver’s license
- Work or school identification card
- Birth certificate
- Social security card
Proof of Fulton County Residency:
- Utility bill (water, electric, gas, cable or phone)
- Rent receipt (with name and address)
Proof of Income:
- Paycheck stub
- Food stamp documents
- Current tax return form
- Letter from employer with employer’s phone number
If you have a Medicaid, Medicare or PeachCare card, you will only need to provide us with your card.
Does the STD clinic accept private insurance? If so, what insurance carriers?
We accept the following private insurance:
- Blue Cross Blue Shield
- United Healthcare
- CMO’s (Amerigroup, Peachstate and Wellcare)
- Medicare Part B
We accept any PPO, EPO and Federal Plans and State Benefit Health plan
***We no longer accept HMO from any company including Kaiser, Coventry and Humana***
Are STD services only limited to Fulton County residents?
STI/STD services ARE NOT LIMITED to Fulton County residents.
Does the STD clinic accept appointments and walk-in patients?
The STD Clinic ONLY accepts walk-in patients.
If I have additional questions, who do I contact?
If you have any additional questions please call 404-613-1401 or contact us here (firstname.lastname@example.org).