Tangipahoa Community Health Center
Tangipahoa Parish Public Health Unit
The Louisiana DoH divides the state into public health regions. The Hammond/Slidell region (Region 9) covers five parishes — everything east of East Baton Rouge Parish and north of Orleans Parish. According to Louisiana DoH numbers, chlamydia and gonorrhea numbers in this region increased year-over-year for the past few years. Syphilis and HIV numbers both saw a slight decline from 2017 to 2018 in the region.
Incidents of chlamydia diagnoses did go up from 2017 to 2018 in Region 9, which covers Livingston, St. Helena, St. Tammany, Tangipahoa, and Washington parishes. However, the region still had the lowest rate of cases in the state. The rate of cases refers to the total number of new diagnoses divided by the total population in the area.
More women were diagnosed with chlamydia than men in the Hammond/Slidell region in 2018. Only around 29% of the cases were among males. African Americans accounted for about half of the cases in the region in 2018, with whites accounting for around 43% of the cases.
As is true in most areas, chlamydia in Region 9 in Louisiana was much more prevalent among younger people than older people. More than 70% of the cases in the region in 2018 were found in people aged 24 and younger.
Tangipahoa Parish, where Hammond is, had more cases in 2018 than other parishes in the same region.
Region 9 in Louisiana also has the lowest diagnosis rate of gonorrhea when compared to other public health regions in the state. Still, the numbers for gonorrhea did increase each year slightly from 2016 through 2018. That’s after large increases in both 2015 and 2016.
Region 9 documented about even numbers of gonorrhea cases in males and females in 2018, with around 45% of cases associated with male patients. According to numbers for the area, gonorrhea impacts more younger people in Region 9 than older people. Around 55% of the cases were for those aged 24 and younger. African Americans accounted for the majority of cases in the region — about 65%.
As with chlamydia, there were more cases in Tangipahoa Parish in 2018 than in other parishes in the region.
Only two other regions in Louisiana had lower rates of syphilis in 2018 than Region 9 did. However, the number of reported primary and secondary syphilis cases in the Hammond/Slidell region has dropped significantly since 2009.
Only around 24% of the Region 9 cases were associated with men in 2018, and in the same year, African American patients accounted for around 55% of the syphilis diagnoses. According to the latest census data, African Americans make up 45% of the population in Hammond, LA.
In 2018, Tangipahoa had neither the greatest number of cases or the highest reporting rate of syphilis in the Region 9 area. Those spots went to St. Tammany and Washington Parishes, respectively.
Hammond, LA has several clinics and area health centers that offer screening for STDs. Adults and adolescents who are sexually active should get tested at least once in their lifetime for certain STDs and sometimes annually, depending on their sexual lifestyle. Some of the dangers of undetected STDs include cancer, Pelvic Inflammatory Disease, which can lead to infertility, and an increased risk of contracting the AIDS virus.
The Parish Health Unit runs a clinic from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday, and you don’t need an appointment to show up for services. Some of the services offered at the clinic include family planning, nutrition screenings, pregnancy tests, and immunizations. Not all options are available every day, but STD testing is offered on most days. You can view the calendar on the website to see which services might be available on a particular day.
15481 West Club Deluxe Road
Hammond, LA 70403
This Parish Health Unit is only open from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday, Wednesday, and Friday for clinical services. STD testing is offered on all those days as well as family planning, immunizations, and WIC services. You don’t need an appointment.
330 West Oak Street
Amite, LA 70422
Like Parish Health Units in nearby areas, this office offers numerous free health and wellness services, including STD testing. Testing is offered on Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. with the exception of government and major holidays. You don’t need an appointment, and the office also offers family planning, immunizations, and WIC services on those days.
20399 Government Boulevard
Livingston, LA 70754
This community health center offers a variety of services, including primary care. It accepts health insurance, including Medicaid and Medicare. Patients without insurance can discuss affordable health care options with the staff, and the clinic offers sliding scale discounts. The office is open from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on most weekdays, but you do need an appointment.
1505 North Florida Street
Covington, LA 70433
This CHC is part of the Access Health Louisiana Network. The providers here take insurance, but the center also has sliding-scale charges to help make care affordable to everyone. Primary care, behavioral health care, pediatrics, and women’s health services are all available, as are STD screenings. The center operates Monday through Thursday from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. On Fridays, it’s open until 5 p.m., and Saturday hours are 8 a.m. to noon. You do need an appointment.
501 Robert Boulevard
Slidell, LA 70458