Because of a reduction in state funds that support testing for HIV and sexually-transmitted diseases, the Mississippi State Department of Health is changing its fee policy for STD and HIV testing to one that is based on the patient’s risk and ability to pay.
Some testing will remain free of charge
Beginning July 1, 2017, STD and HIV testing will be offered at no charge for:
- Those 18 and under
- Those identified as contacts of an STD or HIV case by disease investigators
Some will pay an income-based fee
- All MSDH county clinics, including the Five Points Clinic that will soon open in Jackson, will offer an income-based sliding fee scale, and work with those who cannot pay for testing.
Others will pay a $25 fee
- All others will be charged a $25 fee to offset the cost of testing and lab work. This fee is similar to fees charged by health departments throughout the country, and to fees we charge for other services.
STD and HIV testing will still be available at any county health department location. Testing is private and confidential. STD/HIV testing is the best way for those at risk to know their health status, and to find out the best steps to take in order to protect their health.