Services for Teens
Tests for sexually transmitted infections are given at the Public Health Clinic by appointment. If you are a minor, a parent does not have to accompany you. Tests are confidential. A nurse will ask you questions about your health and then you will see a doctor or nurse practitioner. Blood will be drawn and a culture taken as part of the visit. The cost is based on income. Minimum $20.00 for each visit.
HIV testing is done by appointment during regular business hours. All testing is confidential. An oral test can be done to qualifying clients. No results will be given over the phone. There is a $31.00 charge for an HIV test. You do not need a parent's permission unless you are under age 13. If your test is positive, case management is available to assist you.
The Health Department Clinic (by appointment), as well as 10 satellite locations (walk-in) throughout Richland County, provide immunizations for children following the recommendations set forth by the Advisory Committee for Immunization Practices (ACIP).
Immunizations for children are given at specific ages and include: Hepatitis B, diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis, H. influenza type b (also known as Hib), Pneumococcal conjungate, polio, chickenpox, measles, mumps, rubella, Tdap, Meningococcal, HPV, and Rotovirus.
Please bring an up-to-date record of your child's shots. There is a $28.00 charge the first vaccine and $15.00 for each additional shot. Medicaid cards are accepted. There is no charge if you are unable to pay. A permission form must be signed by an accompanying adult for those under 18 years of age. Call our special hotline at 419-774-8115 for a list of times and locations.
Tuberculosis (TB) Testing
The Tuberculosis program provides screening and treatment for active cases of TB and conducts evaluations for those individuals who have come in contact with active TB patients. Program services include:
TB Skin Tests
Tests are available as a screening tool at Richland Public Health. Tests are done by appointment only on Mondays, Tuesdays and Friday at the Public Health Clinic. You will be asked to return 72 hours later to have your test read by a nurse. The cost is $12.00 and we accept Medicare, Medicaid and most private insurances.
TB Chest X-Rays
As a follow-up measure, people with positive skin tests will be referred for a TB chest x-ray and further testing as recommended by physician.
TB Case Management
Evaluation of suspect and active TB cases by a physician. Medications provided for active cases and preventive medicine provided for those recommended by the physician free of charge to Richland County patients.
These services are available to all Richland County residents. Fees are dependant on the type of service required. No one will be denied service due to inability to pay. Medicare and Medicaid are accepted.