GBT Health Center partners with the Louisiana Wellness Center Project to actively engage and empower GBT individuals in improving their health and wellness by providing holistic health programming, health care services, and linkage to existing resources. We aim to decrease health disparities, sexually-transmitted infections (STIs), and HIV among our community.
Free, confidential testing for HIV, hepatitis C, and STIs like chlamydia, gonorrhea, and syphilis. We provide free treatment for chlamydia, gonorrhea, and syphilis based on guidelines from the Centers for Disease & Prevention (CDC).
GBT Health Center hours:
Please call GBT Health Center Coordinator, Johnathan Craig at (318) 222-6633 ext. 2116 to schedule an appointment.
Chlamydia is a common STD that can infect both men and women. It can cause serious, permanent damage to a woman's reproductive system, making it difficult or impossible for her to get pregnant later on. Chlamydia can also cause a potentially fatal ectopic pregnancy (pregnancy that occurs outside the womb).
Spread during vaginal, anal, or oral sex with someone who has chlamydia.
Spread during vaginal, anal, or oral sex, and sometimes by genital touching, with someone who has syphilis.
No.Syphilis is an STD that can cause long-term complications if not treated correctly. Symptoms in adults are divided into stages. These stages are primary, secondary, latent, and late syphilis.
Gonorrhea is a sexually transmitted infection that can affect both men and women. It is a localized infection that can be contained in the genitals, rectum, or throat. There are an estimated 820,000 new cases of gonorrhea in the United States, and less than half of them are reported to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention.
According to the CDC 2014 STD Surveillance Report, Louisianaranks:
There are rising concerns for the cure of gonorrhea as research has indicated gonorrhea is becoming resistant to antibiotics. We are down to 1 recommended effective class of antibiotics to treat it. And, this is alarming!
What can you do?
Young people ages 15–24, and gay, bisexual, and other men who have sex with men continue to be at greatest risk for infection. We know that individual risk behaviors aren’t the only cause. Environmental, social, and cultural factors, including difficulty accessing quality health care, contribute to the higher STD burden. The good news? STDs are preventable! Gonorrhea is preventable! If our goal is to prevent STDs, then we need to know how to talk about them, when to test for them, and how to treat them..
STIs can be cured with antibiotics, but you can repeatedly contract them. The ONLY way to prevent them is by using condoms.