STI Program Overview

Howard County Health Department provides STI education, screening, and treatment services Howard County women, men and teens and LGBTQIA+ communities. At our clinics there is no residency requirement, no one is turned away because of ability to pay, services are confidential, and there is no need for parental consent, regardless of age.

We have both onsite and telehealth services available and we always accept new patients. Call us for more information: 410-313-7500.

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Clinic Services

Screenings for: Chlamydia, Gonorrhea, Syphilis, Hepatitis, and HIV/AIDS

Treatments for: Chlamydia, Gonorrhea, Syphilis, Genital Warts (Condyloma), Trichomoniasis

Exams for symptomatic patients

Vaccines for prevention of STIs: Hepatitis A, Hepatitis B, Gardasil (ages 19-26)

Partner referrals for testing and treatment

Congenital Syphilis

Congenital Syphilis is: increasing in the U.S., a source of major health problems even death, preventable

What is congenital syphilis (CS)?

Congenital syphilis (CS) is a disease that happens when a mother with syphilis passes the infection on to her baby during pregnancy.  

How can CS affect my baby?

CS can have major health impacts on your baby.
CS can cause:

  • Miscarriage (losing the baby during pregnancy)
  • Stillbirth (a baby born dead)
  • Prematurity (a baby born early)
  • Low birth weight
  • Death shortly after birth

I’m pregnant Do I need to get tested for syphilis?

Yes. All pregnant people should be tested for syphilis at the first prenatal visit (the first time you see your doctor for health care during pregnancy). You can have syphilis and not know it. Many people with syphilis do not have any symptoms.

Is there treatment for syphilis?

Yes. Syphilis can be treated and cured with antibiotics. If you test positive during pregnancy, get treatment right away.  If you are diagnosed with and treated for syphilis, your doctor should do follow-up testing for at least one year to make sure that your treatment is working.

Other resources:

For more information, or to get tested, call us at 410-313-1412.

CDC Testing Center Locations

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