Sexual Health Program
Sexually Transmitted Diseases (STDs) are any infections spread through sexual contact (vaginal/anal/oral sex and sometimes skin-to skin) that cause infections of the genitals, mouth and rectum. STDs will not go away on their own, and you must see a healthcare provider for treatment!
Sexually transmitted diseases (STDs), also known as sexually transmitted infections or STIs, are very common. Millions of new infections occur every year in the United States. In Washoe County, reported chlamydia, gonorrhea and syphilis cases are increasing! Infections are increasing among men who have sex with men. Women are also getting syphilis and cases have been passed to babies.
STDs are passed from one person to another through sexual activity including vaginal, oral, and anal sex. They can also be passed from one person to another through intimate physical contact. Women can pass STDs on to babies during pregnancy and during delivery.
STDs don’t always cause symptoms or may only cause mild symptoms, so it is possible to have an infection and not know it. That is why it is important to get tested if you are having sex. If you are diagnosed with an STD, know that all can be treated with medicine and some can be cured entirely. People who have STDs and do not seek treatment are at least 3-to-5 times more likely to acquire Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV).
STDs are preventable. If you have sex, know how to protect yourself and your sexual partner from STDs. Partner services are offered to individuals with STDs, to their partners, and to other persons who are at increased risk for getting a STD. The goal of Partner Services in to prevent transmission of these diseases and to reduce suffering from their complications.
HIV is a virus that reduces the bodies’ ability to fight off disease by attacking the immune system. Currently, there is no cure for HIV. With a commitment to HIV medication and care, a person living with HIV can reduce, and even eliminate, their chances of transmitting HIV to someone else. If HIV is not treated promptly or consistently, it can eventually lead to Stage 3 HIV infections, traditionally called Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome (AIDS). New strategies, such as Pre-exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP), are available for people that are HIV negative, to reduce their risk of acquiring HIV. Check out the Center for Disease Control & Prevention's (CDC) HIV Risk Reduction Tool. Enter info about your sex experiences and drug use to see info on your HIV risk and how to lower that risk! Get additional information on your risk for acquiring HIV/AIDS. Please see additional information in Clinical Services.
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- Screening/testing and counseling for STDs, including HIV if you are in a high risk category.
- High-risk categories include:
- Men who have sex with Men (MSM)
- People who inject drugs and substance users
- Sex and needle sharing partners of people living with HIV, men who have sex with men and people who inject drugs
- Victims of sexual assault
- People with a STD
- High-risk categories include:
- Diagnosis and treatment
- Education about how to prevent STDs, including HIV
Please visit the Family Planning Clinic for more information regarding Pap smears and birth control.
Are you in need of HIV Care? If you or someone that you know is HIV positive and not receiving HIV care, we can help! All services are confidential. Call 775-328-6147 or email us.
Please call 775-328-2470 to schedule an appointment or for more information regarding walk-in clinics.
|Day of Week||Clinic Hours||Phone Hours|
|Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays||7:30 a.m. - 5 p.m.||9 a.m. - noon & 1 p.m. - 4 p.m.|
|1st, 3rd, and 5th Wednesdays of the month||3 p.m. - 7 p.m.||10 a.m. - noon & 1 p.m. - 6 p.m.|
|2nd and 4th Wednesdays of the month||7:30 a.m. - 5 p.m.||9 a.m. - noon & 1 p.m. - 4 p.m.|
Washoe County Complex
1001 East 9th Street; Building B (Map)
Reno, NV 89512 (near the intersection of I-80 and Wells)
RTC bus service #2/2s and #5 stop near the Senior Services building of the Washoe County complex. Walk to the west side of the complex (near Wells Ave.) to reach the Health District, in Building B.
- We do bill some insurance plans
- We accept Medicaid
- Free testing opportunities available (see below or call 775-328-6147 for more information)
Necessary Clinic Forms
In order to make your visit at the clinic as smooth as possible, please print and complete the forms below at home. Bring your completed HIPAA Acknowledgement form to your appointment. Get more information on HIPAA regulations. Get the paperwork in Spanish.
- Statutory sexual seduction (N.R.S. 432B.220): This means that if you are 15 years or younger and are having sex with someone that is 18 years or older and you tell us, we must report it to law enforcement.
- Lewdness (sex) with a child under the age of 14 (N.R.S. 201.230): This means that if you are under the age of 14 and having sex we will have to report this to Child Protective Services.
- Child abuse and neglect (N.R.S. 432B.220): This means that if we have any cause to believe that there is abuse or neglect of a minor occurring, we must report it to law enforcement.
- Some Sexually Transmitted Diseases (N.R.S. 441A; STDs): If you have a positive test for Chlamydia, Gonorrhea, Syphilis and/or HIV/AIDS, we are required by law to report the results to the Washoe County Health District. A nurse may contact you to provide information about your treatment and sexual contacts. This is to provide your contacts or partners with the opportunity for testing and treatment.
- Data on STDs and HIV
- Linking people living with HIV to HIV care services
- Assistance to community based organizations
- Notifying partners and other contacts about possible infection
- Free & confidential HIV & STD testing throughout the community
Community Testing Opportunities
We offer free, confidential HIV and STD (chlamydia, gonorrhea and syphilis) testing throughout the community! We use rapid HIV tests, so the results are available in 20 minutes. STD results are available one week after the testing was completed.
People who have symptoms of a STD (discharge, pain during sex, pain while urinating) and people that have been told by a sex partner that they have a STD or might have been exposed, need to make an appointment in the Sexual Health Clinic (775-328-2470). Exams and medications are not available during our community testing and we want to make sure that you have the opportunity for treatment at the clinic.
|Our Center||1745 S Wells Reno||1st & 3rd Fridays of the month||3:00 - 5:45 pm|
|Eddy House||423 E Sixth St Reno||4th Monday of the month||3:00 - 5:00 pm|
|Steve's Reno||1030 W Second St Reno||
4/8/20 5-8 pm
7/8/20 5-8 pm
8/5/20 4-7 pm
|Location and information provided when appointment is made||Thursdays||1 - 4 pm|
|Location and information provided when appointment is made||3rd Wednesday of the month||4 - 7 pm|
Other locations may be available. Call 775-328-6147 for info!
Community testing is offered with the support of federal and local funding.
Portions of this project and related publications are supported by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) as part of an award totaling $168,633.06 with 0% financed with nongovernmental sources. The contents are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily represent the official views of, nor an endorsement, by HRSA, HHS or the U.S. Government.
Portions of these activities were supported by the Nevada State Division of Public and Behavioral Health through Grant Number NU62PS924579-02 from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Its contents are solely the responsibility of the authors and do not necessarily represent the official views of the Division nor the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Northern Nevada HOPES - Change Point
Change Point is a program of Northern Nevada HOPES and is Nevada’s first legal syringe services program. Change Point provides syringe services, harm reduction supplies, counseling, and free HIV and hepatitis C testing. Change Point embraces diversity and advocates for medically underserved groups in the community. Change Point also offers a PrEP/STI clinic on Tuesday afternoons, starting at 1:00 pm. This clinic is limited to the first six clients.
Northern Nevada Outreach Team (NNOT)
NNOT strives for prevention and awareness of HIV in our community. This is made possible through education, prevention materials, skill building, harm and risk education, and opportunities for the community to test for HIV in non-traditional venues.
NNOT is a collaborative effort, which began in January 2000, when several organizations joined together to prevent HIV in Northern Nevada. NNOT sponsors special events related to HIV in our community.
For more information or to volunteer with NNOT, call at 775-328-6147 or email us.
Northern Nevada HIV Prevention Planning Group (NNHPPG)
The NNHPPG is dedicated to promoting community participation and involvement in HIV prevention and care services and activities, reducing the duplication of services and improving the coordination of service implementation, and strengthening local and statewide partnerships in the fight against the spread of HIV in Northern Nevada.
The NNHPPG meets on the fourth Wednesday of every other month. All meetings are open to the public and the community is encouraged to attend and participate.
To apply for membership on the Council, please fill out the application form and submit it by mail to Washoe County Health District, CCHS - HIV Program, 1001 E. Ninth Street, Reno, NV 89512 or contact us for how to submit by email.
Please contact us for comments regarding the site, to report any problems with links, or to request additional information.
Medical Provider Information and Additional Resources
- American Sexual Health Association
- HIV/AIDS Resource
- Nevada Integrated HIV Prevention and Care Plan 2017-2021
- CDC Atlas for HIV/AIDS, STDS, Viral Hepatitis, and TB Data
- Washoe County Health District Annual Communicable Disease Report
- Nevada HIV Data
- Nevada STD Fast Facts
Syphilis Provider Packet
- District Health Officer Letter to Providers
- Optimal Care Checklists for Providers of MSM Patients Brochure
- For Men Only: Your Sexual Health Brochure
- Communicable Disease Reporting Form
Last modified on 02/14/2020