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CONTACT: City Communications Office, 816-513-1349

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Sept. 1, 2010

New walk-in STD clinic option at the Health Department

To improve patient wait time at the Sexually Transmitted Disease Clinic, the City of Kansas City, Mo., Health Department has implemented a new walk-in STD testing clinic. During regular clinic hours, those without symptoms or known exposure to an STD, who seek testing only, can walk into the clinic and be tested. Testing for HIV, syphilis, gonorrhea and chlamydia is available, with results available in seven to 10 business days.

Those with symptoms or with known exposure must schedule an appointment at 816-513-6379 during regular clinic hours Monday through Friday. A limited number of appointments will be held open to accommodate those unable to schedule an appointment in advance.

“In response to feedback we have received from the public about lengthy wait times at the STD clinic, we are developing a new process that will allow us to see patients in a more timely manner,” said Ron Griffin, manager of the Communicable Disease Prevention and Public Health Preparedness division. “We are always working to improve the experience for those using our clinics.”

The clinic wait-time has been an area of improvement for the STD clinic during the last five years. In 2005, a patient at the clinic could expect to be at the clinic for more than four hours. In January through May of 2010, the average visit time was 51 minutes.

“With this new process, clients seeking testing only should be able to get in and out of the clinic in less than 45 minutes,” Griffin said.

To check on clinic hours, call 816-513-6117. Information on STDs can be found on the Health Department's Web page, www.kcmo.org/health.

Media inquiries on this topic should be directed to Jeff Hershberger, Health Department, 816-840-2548 (pager). Follow the Health Department on Facebook and Twitter, www.facebook.com/kcmohealthdept and www.twitter.com/kcmohealthdept.

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