HIV/AIDS Case Management Services 240-313-3331

 

Case Management services are provided by a team of providers, including Community Health Nurses and a Disease Intervention Specialist (DIS). The program is open to Washington County residents who are HIV positive. The focus of the program is on medical case management, but includes: collaboration with primary medical providers, referral and assistance with transportation to medical care, medical testing, labs, housing, etc., as funding is available. The program also works closely with Medicaid providers from Johns Hopkins Hospital, and HIV medical clinics are held on site several times per month. Prevention services are also a key program component, addressing the need to protect against the spread of the disease to others.

Additional information on HIV medical care is available at:
Johns Hopkins Point of Care for HIV.
 
 
HIV Counseling & Testing 240-313-3331
 
The Counseling and Testing Clinic provides free, confidential HIV tests. These services are also available at the Health Department in Family Planning, STD and Chest clinics, and at Wellness Health clinics throughout the county.

Please telephone 240-313-3331 to schedule an appointment for testing.
 
 

Rabies Control & Vaccince 240-313-3210

 

Rabies is a viral disease of mammals that is most often transmitted through the bite of a rabid animal. You may also be exposed to Rabies if scratched by a rapid animal or come in contact with their saliva, especially if you have an abrasion or open wound. The virus attacks the nervous system and affects the brain and spinal cord of humans and animals. In Maryland, rabies is most frequently found in raccoons, cats, foxes, skunks, bats, and groundhogs.

If you are bitten by or have been in contact with the saliva of a possible rabid animal you should go to the Emergency Room at the Washington County Hospital to receive treatment. After your ER visit, you will need to call the Health Department, at 240-313-3210, to schedule an appointment for the remainder doses of the rabies vaccine.

The Washington County Health Department will provide Pre-Exposure Rabies vaccine for veterinary and SPCA personnel. If you work at either of these types of facilities, check with your employer to determine if you should receive Pre-Exposure Rabies vaccine series. You would need to schedule an appointment at the Health Department by calling 240-313-3210.

Read the Fact Sheet on Rabies.

 
 STI Screening & Treatment 240-313-3296
 
 
If you think you might have a sexually transmitted disease, please visit your doctor or call 240-313-3296 for information. Walk in STI services are available on a first come first serve basis every Tuesday 1pm - 3pm.

STI clinics are held  at the main Health Department at 1302 Pennsylvania Avenue. Parking is available in the back parking lot. 

Proof of Maryland residency, income, and/or insurance should be brought to your visit.  Services are provided to Maryland residents on a sliding scale fee.  If you are an out of state resident please call 240-313-3296 for details. When coming to your appointment at the clinic on Pennsylvania Avenue you will be asked to fill out paperwork. The Registration staff will guide you through the process of the paperwork and they will give you an assigned number. The assigned number is the way the nurse will call you when they are ready to see you for your appointment.

What you can expect when you come to your scheduled appointment?
  1. A nurse will take you to a private room and review the form with you. During this time you may discuss any concerns with the nurse and the nurse will also answer any questions you may have.
  2. The nurse will also help you understand how to be safer when having sex.
  3. The nurse will offer you an HIV and syphilis test.
  4. You will then see the Clinician who will review your questionnaire with you, ask you questions, and offer an examination. The Clinician may test you for STDs. During the examination, the clinician will explain everything that is being done and why. You do have the right to refuse the exam.
  5. Based on your discussion with the clinician and your examination, the clinician may decide to treat you at your visit, before your results come back.
  6. If any tests come back positive and the doctor has not treated you, the nurse will call you and give you an appointment to come to the Health Department for treatment.
Information on the different Sexually Transmitted Infections (Diseases) can be found at the Centers for Disease Control (CDC).
 
Any STI questions are welcome at the time of your visit or by calling our STI Department at 240-313-3296.
 
 
Suveillance & Outbreak Investigation 240-313-3210
 
The purpose of the Communicable Disease Program is to identify the source and limit the spread of disease and decrease associated morbidity and mortality.

The Health Department responds to all reports of communicable disease in the county. Registered Nurses and Sanitarians investigate the spread of outbreaks, and arrange for testing and treatment of individuals involved in order to limit the spread of the disease.

The Code of Maryland Regulations ("COMAR")10.06.01 Communicable Diseases specifies diseases which must be reported by health care providers to their local Health Department.

Download Reportable Diseases list and reporting instructions and forms at the Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene.

To report a communicable disease:
 
Telephone Number
240-313-3210
Fax Number
240-313-3334
Location
1302 Pennsylvania Avenue
Hagerstown, MD 21742
Who should individuals call for
information about this service?
Communicable Disease Staff
Office Hours
Monday-Friday, 8:00am - 5:00pm
 
 
Tuberculosis Screening & Treatment 240-313-3210
 
Clinic services are available at the Health Department twice each month to identify persons with active tuberculosis disease. Treatment and Case Management services are provided for all suspect or confirmed cases of tuberculosis. Preventive therapy is available to identified contacts and others at risk of developing tuberculosis.

You may be referred to these services from your primary care doctor if your Tuberculosis Skin Test is positive or you are diagnosed with Tuberculosis Disease. During your visit to the Health Department Clinic you will meet with a nurse and a physician to discuss your medical history. The physician may recommend medication for prevention and/or treatment. If so, then you will continue to come to the Health Department during the time you are taking the medication.

Read our TB Fact Sheet.
 
Common Disease Information 240-313-3290

Information on all common diseases including Infectious and Chronic Diseases can be found on the Internet at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).