STI or HIV Testing

Oldham County Health Department offers testing for several Sexually Transmitted Infections (STIs) including HIV, gonorrhea, Chlamydia, and syphilis.

(Human Immunodeficiency Virus) testing involves a blood test to detect antibodies against the virus. HIV testing can be done confidentially or anonymously. Lab results are received in about 2-3 weeks.

Gonorrhea & Chlamydia

Gonorrhea & Chlamydia testing can be done with a urine test. Your healthcare provider may also wish to take a swab from your urethra or cervix. Lab results are received in about 2 weeks.


Syphilis testing requires a blood sample. Lab results are received in about 2 weeks.

Other STIs Require an Examination

There is no simple test to see if you have been infected with HPV, or Human Papilloma Virus. The only way to diagnose someone is if they actively have genital warts. In addition, if a female has an abnormal pap smear, further testing is available to see if it is related to HPV infection.

There is now an HPV vaccine! It is recommended for females age 11-12. But girls as young as 9, up to age 26 can also get the vaccine

There is no simple test for trichomoniasis, or trich. Diagnosis requires an exam by a medical provider. Lab tests can be ordered if you have symptoms of infection, including frothy yellow discharge, irritation or itching, or painful urination.

Herpes is best diagnosed when an individual has a current outbreak. A medical provider will conduct a physical examination to detect genital herpes.

Bacterial Vaginosis
A medical provider must examine the vagina for signs of Bacterial Vaginosis and perform laboratory tests on a sample of vaginal fluid to look for bacteria associated with BV.

STI Treatment

If you think you have signs or symptoms of a sexually transmitted infection, you should be examined by a medical provider. Common symptoms of STIs include unusual discharge, pain during urination or intercourse, pelvic pain, itching or irritation in the genital region, the presence of a rash or lesion on the genitals.

OCHD can provide an exam and the appropriate treatment for you. An appointment is necessary.

STI Questions

Are you sexually active or are you thinking about having sex for the first time? Do you think you might have an STI? Do you have general questions about STIs and need someone to talk to? If so, you can contact the health department to speak with someone about these issues.

Any issues that are discussed will be kept confidential. No topic is off-limits. Do not feel embarrassed. Having questions is normal, and public health professionals are here to help you. Call 502-222-3516 to talk to someone about STIs.

Family Planning

The Family Planning clinic deals with issues related to pregnancy, contraception, and reproductive health. Here are some of the services that are offered:

Emergency Contraception–If you had a recent sexual encounter and fear you may be pregnant, emergency contraception may be an option. For example, if you had unprotected sex, or if the condom broke, taking emergency contraception can prevent pregnancy. Emergency contraceptives should be taken within 72 hours after the encounter...the sooner the better.

You must call for a walk-in appointment for this service. Call 502-222-3516 to talk to someone about family planning.

Pregnancy Testing – OCHD offers pregnancy testing and counseling to teens. The pregnancy test is a urine test that detects pregnancy hormone levels. It can detect these hormones as early as 6 days after conception. If you have a positive pregnancy test, we will help you get through the next steps and explain all the services that are available to you.

Birth Control - We offer a variety of birth control methods including oral contraceptives (The Pill), Depo Provera (an injection), diaphragms, and the patch. Please make an appointment if you want to talk to someone about starting birth control.

Condoms -You can get FREE condoms from the lobby at the health department.

Do I have to bring my parents?

OCHD encourages teens to talk to their parents about their health.

This includes sexual health and STIs. Although this may be uncomfortable or awkward, parents can provide support and understanding to help you deal with any issues you are experiencing.

Teens, however, can come to OCHD for STI/HIV Testing, STI Treatment, and Family Planning services without their parent or guardian. Your information will be kept confidential. We will only contact you by the methods you specify. So, if you don’t want the clinic to call your home or mail letters to your house, please let us know the best way to contact you. We will not discuss your health information with anyone without your approval.

Please keep in mind, however, that we have a responsibility as health professionals to let you know the results of any tests that we provide you. You must follow-up or we will try to contact you if the situation warrants.