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Arrests, Health Questions, Gonorrhea, & Sex Trafficking and the Superbowl in NOLA

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In this Update:

NOPD Arrests 11 in Prostitution Sting
Ask a Healthcare Professional
Drug-Resistant Gonorrhea and CBJs (Covered Blow Jobs)
New Orleans Human Trafficking Conference, October 24 and 27
Lafayette and Beyond

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STD Testing in New Orleans

There are many options for low-cost (or free!) STD testing in New Orleans. If you know of one that isn’t on the list, please let us know!

  • Delgado STD Clinic — FREE STD testing

  • Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals, Office of Public Health
    517 N Rampart St
    New Orleans, Louisiana 70112
    Conventional Blood HIV-Antibody Testing, Rapid Blood HIV-Antibody Testing, STD Testing, Free HIV Testing Services
    Languages: English, Spanish
    Hours: Mon.-Fri., 8am-4pm (You can walk in between 7:30 and 3)
    Map of Delgado STD Clinic at 517 Rampart

  • Orleans Women’s Health Clinic

  • 504-561-1183
    2111 Banks St
    New Orleans, Louisiana 70112
    Conventional Blood HIV-Antibody Testing, STD Testing
    Services available to women only. Sliding scale pricing.
    Hours: Tues.-Fri., 9am-1pm
    Traductor disponible.

  • Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals, Office for Addictive Disorders, Metropolitan Human Services

  • 504-568-2692
    2025 Canal St Ste 300
    New Orleans, Louisiana 70112
    Conventional Blood HIV-Antibody Testing, Conventional Oral HIV-Antibody Testing, STD Testing
    Languages: English, Spanish
    Must be Orleans Parish resident.
    Hours: Mon.-Fri., 8am-4:30pm. Clinic: Mon.-Thurs., 8am-7:30pm; Fri., 8am-4:30pm

  • Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals, Office of Public Health, AIDS Drug Reimbursement Program

  • 504-568-7474
    234 Loyola Ave 5th Fl
    New Orleans, Louisiana 70112
    Public Health Department/Social Services Department
    Conventional Blood HIV-Antibody Testing, STD Testing
    Must meet income eligibility requirements. Additional email: tafi@wonder.em.cdc.gov.
    Hours: Mon.-Fri., 8am-4:30pm

  • Metropolitan Treatment Center

  • 504-486-6277
    3604 Tulane Ave
    New Orleans, Louisiana 70119
    Conventional Oral HIV-Antibody Testing, STD Testing
    Hours: Mon.-Fri., 6am-2pm; Sat., 8am-12noon

  • Lower Ninth Ward Health Clinic

  • 504-309-0918
    5228 St Claude Ave
    New Orleans, Louisiana 70117
    Conventional Blood HIV-Antibody Testing, STD Testing
    Services not denied because of inability to pay.
    Hours: Mon., Wed., Thurs., Fri., 8am-4:30pm; Tues., 10am-6pm

  • Planned Parenthood New Orleans

  • 4018 Magazine Street
    New Orleans, LA 70115
    p: 504.897.9200 | f: 504.897.9234 Toll Free Phone #:800-230-7526

    Languages: English, Russian, Spanish

    STD Testing, Treatment & Vaccines. STD testing, diagnosis and treatment, including:
    bacterial vaginosis (BV)
    genital warts
    HIV (testing and diagnosis only)
    trichomoniasis (trich)
    Other STD testing, diagnosis and treatment services are also available. Please ask our staff for more information
    Hours: Mon., 11am-6:30pm; Tues.-Fri., 9am-4:30pm; Sat., 9am-1:30pm

  • Midtown Medical Women’s Clinic

  • 3500 St. Charles Ave
    New Orleans LA 70115
    (504) 895-0990
    Mon – Thu: 9:00 am – 5:00 am
    Fri – Sat: 9:00 am – 2:00 am
    Walk-in or appointment. Initial visit $125.
    Se habla español.

  • Memorial Medical Center, Baptist Campus

  • 504-899-9311
    2700 Napoleon Ave
    New Orleans, Louisiana 70115
    Conventional Blood HIV-Antibody Testing, STD Testing
    Hours: 24 hrs.

  • US Department of Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration, Veterans Integrated Service Network

  • 504-412-3700 Toll Free Phone #:800-935-8387
    1601 Perdido St
    New Orleans, Louisiana 70146
    Conventional Blood HIV-Antibody Testing, STD Testing
    Services available to eligible veterans only.
    Hours: Mon.-Fri., 7:30am-4pm

  • Ochsner Clinic Foundation, Ochsner Clinic New Orleans

  • 1514 Jefferson Hwy
    New Orleans, Louisiana 70121
    504-842-3000 Toll Free Phone #:800-835-3989
    Conventional Blood HIV-Antibody Testing, STD Testing
    Languages: English, Spanish
    Hours: Mon.-Fri., 8am-5pm

STD/STI Facts from LA HIV/STD Program

From the Louisiana State HIV/STD Program


  • Can be transmitted during vaginal, anal, or oral sex.
  • known as a “silent” STD because about three quarters of infected women and about half of infected men have no symptoms. If symptoms do occur, they usually appear within 1 to 3 weeks after exposure.
  • In females:

  • Vaginal discharge
    Pain when passing water
    Bleeding between periods
    Bleeding after sex
    Abdominal pain
    Anal pain, discharge, bleeding (anal sex)
    Sore throat (oral sex)

  • In males:

  • A discharge from the penis
    A burning sensation or pain when passing urine
    Anal pain, discharge, bleeding (anal sex)
    Sore throat (oral sex)

  • Treatable with antibiotics.


  • spread through contact with the penis, vagina, mouth, or anus. Ejaculation does not have to occur for gonorrhea to be transmitted or acquired.
  • Symptoms:

  • Some men with gonorrhea may have no symptoms at all. Some have a burning sensation when urinating, or a white, yellow, or green discharge from the penis. Sometimes men with gonorrhea get painful or swollen testicles.

    Most women who are infected with gonorrhea have no symptoms. Even when a woman has symptoms, they can be so non-specific as to be mistaken for a bladder or vaginal infection. Symptoms MAY include a painful or burning sensation when urinating, increased vaginal discharge, or vaginal bleeding between periods.

    Both men and women may have anal discharge, anal itching, soreness, bleeding, or painful bowel movements. Infections in the throat may cause a sore throat, but usually causes no symptoms.

  • Treatable with antibiotics.


  • Passed through direct contact with a syphilis sore during vaginal, anal, or oral sex. Sores occur mainly on the external genitals, penis, vagina, anus, or in the rectum. Sores also can occur on the lips and in the mouth. Many of these sores are unrecognized, and transmission may occur from persons who are unaware they have syphilis.
  • Symptoms

  • Many people infected with syphilis do not have any symptoms for years.

    Primary Syphilis: red, firm, and sometimes wet sores that don’t hurt appear on the vagina, rectum, penis, or mouth. There is often just one sore (chancre), but there may be several. Someone with syphilis may also have swollen glands during this first stage. After a few weeks, the sore will disappear.

    Syphilis is highly contagious during this first stage. Unfortunately, it can be easy to miss because the chancres are painless and can appear in areas that may not be easy to see, like in the mouth, under the foreskin, or on the anus. This means that people may not know that they are infected, and can pass the disease on to others without realizing it.

    Secondary Syphilis: rash (especially on the soles of the feet and palms of the hands) and may also notice flu-like symptoms, such as fever and achiness. Sometimes the rashes associated with syphilis can be very faint or look like rashes from other infections and, therefore, may not be noticed. Sores sometimes appear on the lips, mouth, throat, vagina, and anus – but many people with secondary syphilis don’t have sores at all.

    Latent (hidden) Syphilis: All the signs of the disease go away, but the disease is still very much there. Syphilis can remain latent for many years.

    Tertiary Syphilis: Symptoms of late syphilis can include difficulty walking, numbness, gradual blindness, and possibly even death.

  • Treatable with antibiotics; the sooner the better.


  • Herpes is caused by the herpes simplex viruses, either type 1 (Herpes-1) or type 2 (Herpes-2). Most genital herpes is caused by Herpes 2.
  • Most individuals have no or only minimal symptoms from Herpes-1 or Herpes-2 infection. When signs do occur, they typically appear as one or more blisters on or around the genitals or rectum. The blisters break, leaving tender ulcers (sores) that may take two to four weeks to heal.
  • HSV-1 and HSV-2 can be found in and released from the sores that the viruses cause, but they also are released between outbreaks from skin that does not appear to have a sore. Transmission can occur from an infected partner who does NOT have a visible sore and may not know that he or she is infected along with skin-to-skin contact.
  • Symptoms
  • Most people infected with Herpes-2 are not aware of their infection. However, if signs and symptoms occur during the first outbreak, they can be quite severe. The first outbreak usually occurs within two weeks after the virus is transmitted, and the sores usually heal within two to four weeks. Other signs and symptoms during the primary episode may include a second set of sores, and flu-like symptoms, including fever and swollen glands. However, most individuals with HSV-2 infection never have sores, or they have very mild signs that they do not even notice or that they mistake for insect bites or another skin condition.

  • There is no cure, but anti-viral antibiotics that can be used to control a flare up.

TUSOM: NOLA Free Health Care

Free Health Care Resources in New Orleans

A list of free and low-cost health resources throughout the New Orleans area provided by Tulane University. Read the information carefully, some of the services have age, income, or residency requirements. Call first; I can’t guarantee that this information is up to date.

HIV Testing in New Orleans

There are many free and low-cost options for HIV Testing in the New Orleans area.

  • Search for free testing sites via HIV411.org’s HelpEXPRESS search.
  • Louisiana Statewide AIDS/STD Infoline: 1-800-99-AIDS-9

  • Drop In Center Clinic at Covenant House
    611 N. Rampart Street
    New Orleans, LA 70116
    $5 flat rate for the uninsured;
    up to age 23 must schedule appointment
    504-584-1112 or 1119

  • N’R Peace, Inc.
    Main Office:
    2701 General DeGaulle Drive
    New Orleans, LA 70114
    504-364-1964 fax
    Other Locations:
    -2765 Third Street
    Slidell, LA 70458
    -813 Belanger Street
    Houma, LA 70360

  • Planned Parenthood
    4018 Magazine Street
    New Orleans, LA 70115

  • St. John #5 B.C./Camp Ace
    3829 Hamburg Street
    New Orleans, LA 70122

  • THE3P’S
    6928 Foch Road
    New Orleans, LA 70126

  • NO/AIDS Task Force: HIV Testing
  • NO/AIDS Main Office
    NO/AIDS Task Force – Main Office
    2601 Tulane Ave. Suite 500
    New Orleans, LA 70119 (map)
    Phone: 504.821.2601
    Fax: 504.821.2040
    Email: info@noaidstf.org

    Staff Email List

    CAN Office:
    Community Awareness Network (CAN) Office
    507 Frenchmen St.
    New Orleans, LA 70116 (map)
    Phone: 504.945.4000
    Fax: 504.943.4688

    Staff Email List

  • The Movement:
  • The Movement is a community center that provides HIV prevention activities for young black gay/bisexual, and same gender loving men between the ages of 13 and 29.
    4005 St. Claude Ave.
    New Orleans, LA 70117
    Please call ahead or email for current hours or for more information.
    Phone: 504-945-4000 ext. 206
    Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/themovementnola
    Twitter: @themovement_504

  • NO/AIDS also offers testing regularly at various locations throughout the city.  Visit the NO/AIDS HIV Counselling and Testing page for a list of locations and a schedule.
  • For a list of several testing sites throughout Louisiana, see the Delta Region AIDS Education and Training Center’s page of HIV/AIDS Resources in Louisiana.