STD Outreach Clinic
Fort Wayne is the seat of Allen County and home to 265,904 of the county’s 372,877 residents. Allen County saw increases in the two most prevalent STDs, with chlamydia and gonorrhea cases rising in 2018, but primary and secondary syphilis remained the same.
Chlamydia cases in Allen County increased from 2,238 in 2017 to 2,551 in 2018, for a rate of 679.6 per 100,000 residents. While cases among women have historically been higher than men, the gap has recently become narrower. Chlamydia diagnoses among women were more than double those of men in 2016 and nearly double in 2017, with 746 male cases and 1,486 female cases. But by 2018, the numbers were closer — 918 male to 1,632 female infections. Young adults between 20 and 24 represented the age group with the highest incidence of chlamydia, 923 cases in 2018, while adolescents aged 15 to 19 represented the second-highest age group with 838 cases.
Allen County saw gonorrhea cases increase from 939 in 2017 to 1069 in 2018, representing a rate of 284.8 per 100,000 residents. Young adults aged 20 to 24 had the highest incidence of gonorrhea. However, this group saw a decrease from 334 in 2017 to 299 in 2018, while the age group with the second-highest incidence, adolescents aged 15 to 19, saw a dramatic increase from 238 to 291. After seeing higher rates of gonorrhea in women in previous years, rates among men took the lead in 2018. While gonorrhea cases among men rose significantly from 425 in 2017 to 560 in 2018, reports among women decreased from 513 in 2017 to 509 in 2018.
Primary and secondary syphilis in Allen County included less than five cases in both 2017 and 2018. Additionally, reports of early syphilis decreased from 13 in 2017 to 10 in 2018, and late latent syphilis remained the same with 11 cases reported in both 2017 and 2018. 2019 could see an increase, with current data indicating 24 cases of early syphilis, a notable jump, while late latent syphilis decreased to 10.
Not everyone with an STD has noticeable symptoms. However, they can still pass it to their partners and put themselves at risk for long-term health issues, including pregnancy complications and possibly even death. Getting tested is the only way to be sure whether an STD infection has occurred. Fort Wayne has several resources that provide STD testing and treatment for free or at a low cost to help stop the spread and promote community health.
The Allen County Department of Health HIV/STD Clinic offers confidential, low-cost testing and treatment for HIV and STDs, including chlamydia, gonorrhea, syphilis, herpes, hepatitis, trichomoniasis, and bacterial vaginosis. The clinic also offers HPV and hepatitis A and B vaccinations, on-site medication dispensing, STD education and counseling, and anonymous partner notifications. The clinic has no age restrictions for STD testing and treatment. Services are offered by appointment only with clinic hours Monday through Friday 8 a.m. to noon and 1 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.
4813 New Haven Avenue
Fort Wayne, IN 46803
Allen County Department of Health’s STD Outreach Clinic operates Wednesdays from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. on a first-come, first-served basis with no appointments required. This clinic doesn’t perform full exams, but it does provide STD testing and treatment for chlamydia, gonorrhea, syphilis, hepatitis C, and HIV. The cost of services is $10 for high school students and younger and $21 for adults. Potential clients must be uninsured or underinsured and meet one other qualifying criteria outlined online, or they can call the clinic to confirm qualification.
525 Oxford Street
Fort Wayne, IN 46806
Northeast Indiana Positive Resource Connection offers free walk-in HIV testing every Friday from 2:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Other walk-in services include free male and female condoms, dental dams, personal lubricants, condom cases, sterile pipe/straw covers, and sterile works/cleaning kits. Individuals can also schedule an appointment during clinic hours to receive free HIV testing, PrEP, one-on-one HIV/STD education sessions, and personalized risk-reduction counseling. Individuals needing additional STD testing are referred to the Department of Health. Clinic hours are Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
525 Oxford Street
Fort Wayne, IN 46806
Hope Center has free nurse-administered testing for chlamydia and gonorrhea, but only for women who come in for free pregnancy testing. It also provides free nurse consultations, testing, and treatment referrals for syphilis, HPV, herpes, and HIV. Walk-ins are welcome, but appointments are recommended to ensure prompt service. Those testing positive for an STD are offered low-cost treatment by the Allen County Health Department. Non-English speaking clients must bring a translator with them.
3630 Hobson Road
Fort Wayne, IN 46815
Multiple Fort Wayne locations
Physicians Immediate Care offers STD testing in a private setting with a 10-test panel that covers all common STDs, including HIV, chlamydia, gonorrhea, syphilis, hepatitis B and C, bacterial vaginosis, and trichomoniasis. Results are available within a few days. Clients may request the clinic to bill their insurance or take advantage of the discounted self-pay rate of $290, due at the time of service.
920 East Coliseum Boulevard
Fort Wayne, IN 46805