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Health Services and Treatment

 

The Worcester County Health Department offers a variety of reproductive and sexual health services. All services are strictly confidential.

*Due to Federal law, teens can receive confidential reproductive health services without parental permission. We do encourage teens to involve their parent/guardian in all health care choices.

 

 


Sexually Transmitted Infections (STI)

What Are They? How do you get one?

STIs are infections that pass from one person to another through sex. They also can spread through intimate physical contact, though this is not very common.

Are There Symptoms?

STIs don’t always cause symptoms or may only cause mild symptoms. Therefore, it is possible to have an infection and not know it. That is why getting an STI test is important if you are having sex. If you receive a positive STI diagnosis, know that all are treatable with medicine and some are curable entirely.

What are the different STI's?

There are many sexually transmitted infections, including but not limited to, Syphilis, Gonorrhea, Chlamydia, Herpes, HIV, and HPV. STIs are preventable. If you have sex, make sure to protect yourself and your partner every time.

How Can I Prevent Getting an STI?

There are many different ways to protect yourself and others. Here are a few options:

  • Abstinence - the most reliable way to avoid infection is to not have sex.
  • Condoms - Correct and consistent use of condoms is highly effective in reducing STI transmission. Use a condom every time you have sex.
  • Consistent STI testing - testing ensures you detect an STI early and prevent spreading to another person.

STI Testing & Treatment

Evaluation and treatment for syphilis, gonorrhea, chlamydia, and other infections are available to persons with symptoms of infection, or for persons who have an infected partner.

Who can get this service?

STI treatment services are available to anyone who is seeking help for an STI. Refer to "Payment Methods" section for payment and insurance information.

Where is service provided?

STI services are provided at all Worcester Health Locations: Snow Hill, Pocomoke, and Berlin. Call 410-632-1100 option 4 for more information or to schedule an appointment.


Birth Control Services & Information

What Is Birth Control?

Birth control is a way to prevent pregnancy, and it comes in many forms. Some forms of birth control might have beneficial side effects, and people may take birth control for reasons other than preventing pregnancy, such as; to decrease hormonal acne, reduce heavy bleeding or cramps and help with certain hormone disorders.

Most people can use birth control without any problems, though side effects are possible. And even though there are slight risks associated with hormonal birth control, these mostly depend on an individual’s health conditions and risk factors. Your clinician will take all of the factors into account during discussions about birth control.

Birth Control Methods

Worcester Health has many options of birth control available to you. Remember, although hormonal contraceptives and IUDs are highly effective at preventing pregnancy, they do not protect against STIs, including HIV. The choice is yours to make! Worcester Health is here to help you make the most informed and safe choice for your lifestyle!

Birth Control Method How It Works Effectiveness

 Nexplanon

The implant is among the most effective methods. Placed in arm. Effective up to 5 years. 99%

 

IUD

Invisible and easy. You can choose hormonal or non-hormonal. Effective 3-12 years. 99.4 - 99.9%

 

Depo-Provera

Injection, typically in the upper arm. New one is needed every 3 months. 96%

 

Birth Control Patch

The patch is a thin, beige piece of plastic that is placed on skin. You put on a new patch once a week for three weeks. 93%

 

Nuva Ring

The ring is a small, bendable ring that is inserted into the vagina. Ring is replaced every 3 weeks. 93%

 

Birth Control Pill

One pill taken once a day, at the same time every day. 93%

 

Condom

Condoms keep sperm from getting into the body. Latex condoms help prevent pregnancy, and HIV and other STIs 87-94%

 

Emergency Contraception

Emergency Contraception (EC) can stop a pregnancy before it starts. 85 - 99%

All Available Services

  • Reproductive Health services are available to assist individuals with the information and means to exercise personal choice in determining the number and spacing of their children
  • Contraceptive methods (Intrauterine devices, Nexplanon, Depo, Ring, Patch, Pills, Condoms)
  • Screening for sexually transmitted infections
  • Screening for cervical cancer
  • Colposcopy referrals for abnormal paps
  • Pregnancy testing and options counseling
  • Health promotion/disease prevention
  • Level 1 infertility services
  • Emergency contraception up to five days after unprotected sex to prevent pregnancy
  • Easy appointment scheduling Convenient locations Non-judgmental - caring staff respect of individual differences, practices, and needs

Payment Methods

Payment methods include sliding fee scale, payment plan, medical assistance and some private insurances. We accept certain insurance, the Family Planning Card, and Medical Assistance. If you are uninsured, the cost is based on a sliding scale fee (based on your income). Be sure to bring with you proof of income (last two paycheck stubs). Services are not denied based on inability to pay.

Maryland Medicaid Information:

Maryland Medicaid has expanded family planning insurance coverage for women and men who are 51 or younger and at or below 200% of the federal poverty level. The expanded coverage now includes:

  • Physical exams such as pelvic and breast exams
  • Screenings for breast and cervical cancer, and sexually transmitted infections
  • Advice about birth control methods
  • Contraceptive management and emergency contraception.

Applications for coverage can be found by visiting marylandhealthconnection.gov *If you or a household member are eligible for Medicaid or Maryland Children’s Health Program (MCHP), you do not need to enroll in family planning, because it is already included.


Contact Us

Ask us anything. Seriously.

Our reproductive health staff is here to help you make the best decision. We can answer any questions you may have! Just email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Locations:

Snow Hill Main Office

Phone: 410-632-1100

Open Monday - Friday 8 a.m.- 5 p.m. 

6040 Public Landing Road Snow Hill, Maryland 21863

Pocomoke Health Center

Phone: 410-957-2005

Open Monday - Thursday 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m.

400-A Walnut Street Pocomoke, Maryland 21851

Berlin Health Center (Next to Atlantic General Hospital)

Phone: 410-629-0164

Open Monday - Friday 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.

9730 Healthway Drive Berlin, Maryland 21811 


Additional Resources

girlshealth.gov - Clear, fun, and reliable information

March of Dimes - Resources for moms and babies

Power to Decide - Reproductive & sexual health resources

Reproductive Health services are provided by the Nursing Program.

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