Sexually Transmitted Diseases and HIV

The Mercer County Health Department competently and compassionately provides surveillance, intervention, testing, education and care to prevent and control of the spread of disease. It is our responsibility to:

  • Monitor the HIV/AIDS epidemic.
  • Improve public understanding of HIV.
  • Prevent or reduce the behaviors that transmit HIV.
  • Strengthen systems for referral to appropriate prevention and treatment services.
  • Ensure that HIV/AIDS surveillance is a quality, secure system.
  • Ensure that all people at risk for HIV infection know their sero-status.
  • Ensure that those who are not infected with HIV remain uninfected.
  • Ensure that those infected with HIV have access to the most effective therapies possible.
  • Ensure a quality professional education program that includes the most current HIV/AIDS information.

Tuberculosis Testing

Skin and blood testing is available for those individuals who are at a higher risk for being infected with TB bacteria. These individuals include:

  • People who have spent time with someone who has the disease.
  • People from a country where the disease is common (most countries in Latin America, the Caribbean, Africa, Asia, Eastern Europe and Russia.
  • People who live or work in high-risk settings ( i.e. correctional facilities, long-term care facilities or nursing homes, and homeless shelters).
  • Heath-care workers who care for patients at increased risk for the disease.
  • Infants, children and adolescents exposed to adults who are at increased risk for latent tuberculosis infection or the disease.

TB tests are generally not needed for people with a low risk of infection with TB bacteria.

Communicable Disease Control

The communicable/reportable disease control program is designed for early detection of diseases that may spread to others. When a person is found to have a disease that can cause others to become ill, the Health Department works to stop the spread of the disease. Other services include the investigation, diagnosis and treatment of these diseases.

There are many types of communicable/reportable diseases; examples are hepatitis A, B and C, salmonella, tuberculosis, West Nile virus, rabies, LaCrosse encephalitis, Influenza, etc. Communicable/reportable diseases are usually spread through food, water and air.

EPSDT / Health Check

HealthCheck provides periodic, comprehensive health examinations; vision, dental and hearing assessments; immunizations; and treatment/follow-up of conditions found through the health examination.

Any questions regarding the information on this page can be directed to Rebecca Walker, RN for Public Health. Her contact information is as follows:

Phone: (304) 324-8367