Communicable Diseases

The goal of the Communicable Disease program is to prevent and eliminate the transmission of diseases. This can be accomplished by using appropriate measures such as good hand washing techniques, immunizations, and antibiotic therapy. Nurses working in communicable disease are responsible for investigating and completing surveillance on communicable diseases as mandated by law to be reported to the local health department as outlined in North Carolina General Statute 130A-133-140. Investigations may include interviewing infected individuals and treating contacts as necessary.

Additional Information

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Tuberculosis (TB)

This program provides case management services to clients who have either been placed on preventive tuberculosis medications or clients diagnosed with tuberculosis to ensure that they take their medications on a daily basis until the individual is no longer infected. TB screenings are conducted everyday with the exception of Thursday and every 1st and 3rd Friday afternoon.

Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV)

Confidential HIV testing is offered free to any citizen requesting the service.

Testing is provided Monday through Friday (with the exception of the 1st and 3rd Friday afternoon) by appointment only beginning at 8 a.m. through 4:15 p.m.

Sexually Transmitted Disease

Public health is mandated to offer free sexually transmitted disease (STD) testing/treatment to any citizen that requests the service. Clients may be tested for gonorrhea, syphilis, chlamydia, trichomoniasis, herpes, and HIV. Other screening examinations are available for genital warts, bacterial vaginosis, yeast, candidiasis and nongonococcal urethritis.

STD services are by appointment Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. through 4:15 p.m. (with the exception of the 1st and 3rd Friday afternoon).

Scotland County Health Department and its employees are prohibited from discriminating against clients:

  1. Because the individual is unable to pay;
  2. Because payment for those services would be made under Medicare, Medicaid, or the Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP); or
  3. Based upon the individual's race, color, sex, age, national origin, disability, religion, gender identity or sexual orientation.