St Tammany Community Health Center
The Louisiana Department of Health divides the state into nine health regions, each with four to 12 parishes. Region 9, which is the Hammond/Slidell region, is composed of Livingston, St. Tammany, Washington, St. Helena, and Tangipahoa parishes. Slidell falls in the St. Tammany parish. Typically, Region 9’s STD numbers fall within the middle of the list, with more populated regions such as New Orleans, Lake Charles, and Lafayette rising to the top and less populated areas around Monroe and Houma having the least amount of cases.
Louisiana Department of Health numbers indicate that the region surrounding Slidell reported 3,193 cases of chlamydia in 2018. That represents a 3% increase over the numbers recorded for the previous year. Still, the region had the lowest rate of chlamydia cases that year — though three other regions had lower numbers of total diagnoses.
Chlamydia tends to be a disease most reported by women, and the numbers for the Slidell region stay true to this. More than 70% of the cases in that region in 2018 were related to female patients.
When it comes to ethnicity, 53% of the cases in the region in 2018 were related to African Americans, even though less than 20% of the population in Region 9 is black. Whites accounted for around 43% of the cases in 2018, and among any ethnicity, more young people were likely to have chlamydia than older people. In Region 9 in 2018, more than 70% of the diagnoses were for people under the age of 25.
Gonorrhea trends in Region 9 follow a very similar pattern to chlamydia trends. The region around Slidell accounted for 904 total gonorrhea diagnoses in 2018, which was a 4% increase over numbers in 2017. Region 9 also has the lowest reporting rate for this disease while coming in at number six for number of cases when compared to other regions in the state.
Gonorrhea diagnoses are more evenly split by gender, though. In 2018, Region 9 documented 55% of its cases related to women and 45% related to men. However, the skew in diagnoses when it comes to race is still present here. Around 65% of the diagnoses in Region 9 were for African Americans. Only 34% were for whites and less than 1% for Hispanic individuals.
Age also plays a role in gonorrhea cases in Region 9. Around 55% of diagnoses documented in 2018 in the region were for those under age 25, and 33% were for those aged 25 to 34.
Region 9 did not record the lowest rate of syphilis in the state. Two other regions had lower case rates. Two regions also had lower total numbers of syphilis.
The region around Slidell reported 29 syphilis diagnoses in 2018, which was a decrease of 4% year over year. Around 75% of those cases were related to male patients, and around 55% of the diagnoses were for white patients, while 41% were for African Americans.
Syphilis diagnoses span a greater age range than chlamydia and gonorrhea. Around 38% of cases were for those under the age of 25. About 21% were for those aged 25 to 34, and 41% were related to patients aged 35 and older.
STDs are very serious conditions, but many people put off medical tests because they’re worried about the outcome. Many STDs don’t have symptoms, especially at the beginning, which can make it difficult to know if you are infected or not. However, these diseases can have negative health consequences in the future if they’re not treated as early as possible. The best way to know if you need that treatment is to get tested for STDs regularly. The Slidell area offers a number of resources for free or low-cost testing.
This community health center sees patients Monday through Thursday from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. It also has hours on Fridays from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturdays from 8 a.m. to noon to help accommodate more people’s schedules. You don’t need an appointment to get services at this location. This is a full-serve community health center, which means in addition to STD testing, you may be able to take advantage of primary health care. The center accepts numerous insurance plans and also offers a sliding scale to help make care more affordable to those without coverage.
501 Robert Boulevard
Slidell, LA 70458
START community health center is open from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on weekdays, excluding holidays or other special events. An appointment is required to seek services here. The center accepts Medicaid, Medicare, and other insurances. It also offers some payment options such as sliding scale pricing to help ensure services are affordable for all.
1505 North Florida Street
Covington, LA 70433
The Volunteers of America offices provides a number of healthcare services, and it may offer STD testing for qualifying individuals. The hours and service offerings for each location can vary, so make sure to check the website or call the office nearest you to find out more about what services you can receive.
823 Carroll Street, Suite B
Mandeville, LA 70448
Although this is a health department in Mississippi, it’s only around a 30-minute drive from many parts of Slidell. That’s closer than testing locations in some of the bigger cities in Louisiana. The office is open Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Appointments are required for some things, and the office only takes a limited number of walk-ins, so calling first is a good idea. You also want to ensure there aren’t residency requirements for the services you’re seeking.
7547 Highway 11 North
Carriere, MS 39426
This is an urgent care clinic that accepts a number of insurance options and also provides cash discounts for patients without coverage. The clinic is open seven days a week from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Since it’s an urgent care clinic, you don’t need an appointment, but calling ahead to make one may save you some time in the long run.
985 Robert Boulevard #101
Slidell, LA 70458