Some diseases pose a public health threat because they can spread from person to person and cause significant health problems, even death, if untreated. The Communicable Disease Program focuses on identifying and treating sexually transmitted diseases, tuberculosis (TB) and HIV/AIDS.
Tennessee public health laws give the Tennessee Department of Health responsibility for implementing regulations for the control of communicable disease in Tennessee. The Knox County Health Department is responsible for carrying out these requirements.
Sexually Transmitted Diseases (STD)
Confidential testing, treatment and educational services are available for the following STDs: gonorrhea, chlamydia and syphilis. Disease intervention specialists, in the interest of prevention and control of STDs, do contact follow-up. Information on any STD can be provided upon request.
STD testing is available at the main health department in the Communicable Disease Clinic, West Clinic and Teague Clinic Monday through Friday between 8:00 and 3:30 p.m. All testing is CONFIDENTIAL. Patients are seen on a walk-in bases. No appointment is necessary. Fees may apply for services. See our Payment and Insurance Section for questions.
The TB program provides services for the risk assessment, diagnosis and treatment of tuberculosis, including TB testing, chest x-rays, laboratory examinations, medications and hospitalization if necessary. Prevention services are provided through TB education, contact examination for early detection and preventive medication for TB infection.
TB risk assessments are free for all individuals. TB risk assessments and testing are available at the main health department in the Communicable Disease Clinic, West Clinic and Teague Clinic Monday through Friday between 8:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. TB tests are available to high-risk persons (as determined by a risk assessment).
Confidential HIV counseling, testing, case management and care is available at the Main Health Department. HIV Prevention Health Educators are housed within this department. HIV counseling and testing is available in the Communicable Disease Clinic, West Clinic and Teague Clinic, while HIV/AIDS case management and care are provided in the Centers of Excellence at the main health department.
HIV Counseling and Testing
Certified HIV counselors provide HIV counseling and testing on a CONFIDENTIAL basis. Persons who test positive for HIV are provided contact notification and follow-up services by disease intervention specialists. They are also referred to the medical care managers within the Centers of Excellence case management services.
Professional outreach staff provide appropriate and accurate HIV interventions targeted to populations that increase knowledge of personal risk, encourage practices to prevent HIV transmission and increase HIV testing. Educational materials, brochures and pamphlets are also appropriately distributed.
HIV Case Management
HIV case managers are available to assist persons with HIV infection in identifying community resources based on an individual's needs. These can include everything from health care programs to housing.
Some clinical services require a fee which may be based on income, diagnosis and/or eligibility. Payment is due at the time of service. KCHD may bill insurers based on coverage. Proof of income and insurance may be required. No one will be denied service because they cannot pay. Please ask our staff for more information.