Notice of Privacy Practices
Fee Discount Eligibility
Many of our services can be offered at a discount for those who qualify. Please speak with a public health nurse or STD staff to determine your eligibility.
For more information, call 217-535-3102 for Health Services.
Anyone over the age of 12, who may have been exposed to a sexually transmitted disease (STD), is encouraged to use our confidential walk-in clinic. If a disease is found, treatment will be provided at the time of the visit. STD counseling services are included.
What to Expect When Visiting Our Adult Clinic
Information that you need to know about our adult clinic services and testing:
Services we offer: STD testing, STD education, Vaccines for Hep A, Hep B and Gardasil for HPV protection, Partner Services, treatment of STDs and genital wart treatments.
All visits are strictly confidential!
Average visit time is about 1 hour. This includes paperwork time, counseling, testing, examination results and treatment if needed. Average treatment-only visit is about 15 minutes.
Tests we offer include: Gonorrhea, Chlamydia, Syphilis, Hepatitis C, HIV, and Herpes. In women only we can look for Trichomoniasis (Trich), yeast, and Bacterial Vaginosis (BV).
Please bring your insurance or medical card to your visit. If you do not have a card and need financial assistance, please bring proof of income (recent pay stubs, social security, etc.).
Methods of payment we take are: cash, check, debit and credit cards.
Should I Get Tested?
We recommend STD/HIV testing for anyone who:
- Is sexually active
- Has unprotected sex
- Injects drugs and shares needles
- Exchanges sex for money or drugs
- Is a man that has unprotected sex with other men
- Has a partner who has been diagnosed with STD/HIV
- Has a new partner or more than one partner in the last 3 months
- Has unprotected sex with an injection drug user or a man who has sex with other men
PrEP: Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis
What is PrEP?
PrEP is a daily medication that can reduce your chance of getting HIV by over 90%. Anyone who is at risk of encountering HIV, whether through sex or sharing needles, can take PrEP.
Is PrEP safe?
Yes. PrEP causes some side effects in very few people, but those side effects don’t last long.
Where can I get PrEP?
We prescribe PrEP here at public health, but you can also get PrEP from anyone who can write a prescription. This includes your own doctor. Here is a resource you can share with your doctor.
How much does PrEP cost?
Insurance companies do cover PrEP. If you don’t have insurance, there are programs to help you access PrEP for low or no cost. If your insurance company doesn’t cover the entire cost of PrEP, there are ways to help with that cost, too!
Where can I learn more about PrEP?
You can visit the CDC website to learn more, or give us a call at 217-535-3102
What Is That Bump?
Genital Warts? Human Papilloma Virus (HPV) causes genital warts. It is spread by skin on skin contact with an infected person. Some of these warts can go on to cause cervical or penile cancer.
You can have those warts treated at the Sangamon County Department of Public Health (SCDPH). We use an 80% Trichloracetic Acid treatment to kill the virus, or provide a cream that you can apply to help them disappear. Cost is $15.00 per acid treatment. You can be treated once a week until they are gone.
If you are concerned about genital warts, please ask our intake counselor for more information. You can also look at the information about HPV on our website provided by the CDC.
Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Health
Clinic Services are offered by Appointment Only. Please call 217-535-3102 to schedule the following:
- SIU Clinic
- Lead Screening
- STD/STI Clinic
Walk In Services
Walk In hours are available Monday 8:30 a.m. - 6:30 p.m. and Tuesday - Friday 8:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. for the following:
- Blood Pressure Screening
- Drug Testing
- Flu Shots (seasonally available)
- Head Lice Checks
- Pregnancy Testing
- STD/STI (treatment only)
- TB Testing (except Thursdays)
Drug testing is available during regular clinic hours and includes three options for testing: 3-Panel, 5-Panel and 11-Panel.
Employers requesting employee drug testing must provide the employee with a test request form prior to the test which details the type or panel to be performed. Employees that arrive without an Employer Request form, will be expected to pay at the time the service is provided.
For more information, please call 217-535-3103 and ask to speak with someone in our laboratory.
The Centers for Disease Control now recommends that everyone should get the seasonal flu immunizations, especially people at highest risk for complications. Those people are:
- Children ages 6 months to 5 years;
- People 50 years of age and older;
- Women who will be pregnant during the influenza season;
- People of any age with certain chronic medical conditions;
- People who live in nursing homes and other long term care facilities, and people who live with or care for those at high risk for complications from flu. This includes: household contacts of persons at high risk for complications from flu, household contacts and out of home caregivers of children less than 6 months of age (these children are too young to be vaccinated), and healthcare workers.
- Pregnant women and persons with chronic medical conditions should contact their physician before receiving any immunization.
Pregnant women and persons with chronic medical conditions should contact their physician before receiving any immunization.
Children ages 6 months through 8 years who have not previously been vaccinated should receive 2 doses of vaccine. SCDPH concurs with this recommendation and hopes parents emphasize immunizing their children against influenza.
Seasonal flu immunizations can be given at any time during the flu season, which typically runs from September through May. It takes up to 2 weeks for initial protection to develop after the vaccination.
Pneumonia vaccine is also available for persons at high risk.
The Sangamon County Department of Public Health accepts cash, checks, credit/debit cards, Medicaid, Medicare and several private insurance payers, including Aetna, Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Cigna, Coventry, Health Alliance and Molina, as payment for flu services.
For more Information, call 217-535-3102.
Adult and childhood immunizations are offered for a nominal fee. The patient must pay for vaccines not supplied by the State, but there are no income restrictions. A parent or guardian must accompany anyone under 18 years of age. Costs of vaccines will vary due to price changes from the manufacturers.
Travel immunizations are available for persons planning on leaving the country. Travelers should see a health-care provider at least 4–6 weeks before the trip to allow time for vaccines to take effect and to start taking medicine, if indicated. Pre-exposure rabies vaccine may also be obtained for travelers who plan to spend a lot of time outdoors.
For more information, or to make an appointment, call 217-535-3102 or click here for the Centers for Disease Control Recommendations
- Well Child
- Adult or Pre-employment
Routine, non-acute, school, sports and well-child examinations are provided, by appointment, to children through the age of 18.
Adult physicals or pre-employment physical examinations are provided, by appointment, to persons 19 and older.
Drug Testing may also be offered at the election of the client or as part of the pre-employment physical.
Employers may also require a pre-employment TB Test, a service that is offered on a walk-in basis during clinic hours, no appointment needed. However, this service may be part of your physical exam visit. Persons receiving the tuberculin skin test must return within 48 to 72 hours to have a trained health care worker read the test. TB tests are NOT administered on Thursdays since the Department is not open on the weekend to read the test.
For more information, or to make an appointment, call 217-535-3102.
Child & Family Health
Breast Feeding & Peer Support
New mothers often need guidance and support as they begin the process of breastfeeding their infants. Peer counselors are available to WIC clients to provide support in the home and over the phone.
For more information, or to make an appointment, call 217-535-3102.
Ever wonder if your baby is meeting all their milestones for their age?
Early intervention is a program to help infants and toddlers reach their developmental milestones.
- Free evaluations to all children referred that are less than 3 years of age
- Developmental, Physical, Occupational, Nutrition, Behavioral, Audiological and Speech therapy evaluations available
- Family Support
- Assistive Technology services
- Services are provided in the home, daycare, community settings
- For an appointment call, Monday thru Friday 8:00 am to 4:30 pm at 217-535-3102 or toll free 1-888-217-3505
- We cover Sangamon, Mason, Menard, and Logan counties.
Interested in becoming a Therapist in Early Intervention?
Benefits include making your own schedule, choosing the number of children/families you work with, and developing rewarding relationships. To learn more visit Provider Connections at: http://www.wiu.edu/coehs/provider_connections/credentialing/newapp.php .
Family Case Management
Every pregnant or parenting mother who is Medicaid or low-income is assigned a resource nurse. The resource nurse provides information on social and educational services and makes referrals as needed. Home visits are made to provide education on pregnancy and parenting.
For more information, or to make an appointment, call 217-535-3102.
Services are offered to first or second time parents age 20 – 25; second time teen parents; and first time teen parents receiving WIC or Family Case Management. Home visits promote positive parenting and provide information on child health and development. Referrals are made to other services as needed.
For more information, or to make an appointment, call 217-535-3100.
WIC is a special supplemental nutrition program for women, infants, and children who meet residency, nutrition and income requirements. The program provides healthy foods, advice and referrals to pregnant, postpartum, and breastfeeding women so that they can stay strong and help their children. Infants receive benefits during their first year while children receive benefits up to age five.
Our clinic offers both walk-in and advance scheduling.
Advance appointments are available:
Monday from 8:10 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.
Walk-in appointments are available:
Monday through Friday from
8:10 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.
*Note: We are closed the second Wednesday of every month for training.
Call 217-535-3102 to schedule an appointment or come in for a walk-in. Not sure what to bring? Call ahead.
In accordance with Federal civil rights law and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) civil rights regulations and policies, the USDA, its Agencies, offices, and employees, and institutions participating in or administering USDA programs are prohibited from discriminating based on race, color, national origin, sex, disability, age, or reprisal or retaliation for prior civil rights activity in any program or activity conducted or funded by USDA. Persons with disabilities who require alternative means of communication for program information (e.g. Braille, large print, audiotape, American Sign Language, etc.), should contact the Agency (State or local) where they applied for benefits. Individuals who are deaf, hard of hearing or have speech disabilities may contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339. Additionally, program information may be made available in languages other than English. To file a program complaint of discrimination, complete the USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form, (AD-3027) found online at: http://www.ascr.usda.gov/complaint_filing_cust.html, and at any USDA office, or write letter addressed to USDA and provide in the letter all of the information requested in the form. To request a copy of the complaint form, call (866) 632-9992. Submit your completed form or letter to USDA by: (1) mail: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights1400 Independence Avenue, SW Washington, D.C. 20250-9410; (2) fax: (202) 690-7442; or (3) email: firstname.lastname@example.org. This institution is an equal opportunity provider.
Illinois Breast & Cervical Cancer Program
Free mammograms, pap tests, and breast examinations are provided for uninsured/underinsured women between the ages of 21 and 64 who live in Illinois. Younger women with symptoms may be eligible.
The Illinois Breast and Cervical Cancer Program (IBCCP) is now accepting women with health insurance that covers breast and cervical screenings, but it will not cover diagnostic services unless a deductible is met. IBCCP may be able to pay “up to” the unmet deductible.
For more information, please call: 217-535-3102 ext. 3764 or 3755.
Infectious Disease Reporting
Reporting Requirements for Health Professionals and Mandated Reporters
According to the Illinois Administrative Code, health professionals and other mandated reporters are required to report information on communicable diseases to the local health authority (local health department) per the Illinois guidelines contained in the link below. Also included is a list of mandated reporters.
Reporting Requirements for Public Citizens
Any person having knowledge of a known or suspected communicable disease is required to report to the local health authority (local health department). The following link contains a brief list of reportable diseases.
Reports of communicable diseases may be submitted to the Sangamon County Department of Public Health, Infectious Diseases Section, by phone or fax.
Sangamo Scripts is a pharmaceutical discount program for any Sangamon, Morgan, Menard or Cass County resident.
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- Saves up to 75% on prescriptions
- Covers individuals or families
- 60,000 Participating Pharmacies
- Use immediately with no paperwork to fill out
- No health restrictions – Everyone is accepted
- No fee ever charged for the card
- Save on brand and generic drugs
- Covers drugs not covered in health plans
- Covers many pet prescriptions
For more information call 1-800-931-8872.
For more information and to print out a card go to www.coast2coastrx.com