Louisiana Health Department To Offer Free Testing For STDs


BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Louisiana's health department is offering free testing for sexually transmitted diseases at several parish health units this week.

The testing from Tuesday through Thursday aims to promote awareness about the diseases in support of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's STD Awareness Month.

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Free tests will be available Tuesday at parish health units in Houma, Lafayette and Lake Charles. On Wednesday, the testing will be at the Delgado parish health unit in New Orleans and at health units in Baton Rouge and Alexandria. On Thursday, free tests will be at parish health units in Shreveport, Monroe and Hammond.

Screening is for people who are unsure of their STD status. The health department says anyone experiencing symptoms should contact their local parish health unit to schedule a regular appointment time.

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